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I Am Lazarus

Literary collections


by
Anna Kavan

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 300 pages

File size: 766 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

First published in 1945, the stories collected under the title I Am Lazarus are a brilliant summation of the war experiences of Anna Kavan in Blitz-era London, working among invalided soldiers at a ?military neurosis centre’ in Mill Hill. Kavan’s view of the capital and some of its war victims in this momentous era are typically original and oblique: ?Lazarus’ is a patient revived from catatonia who somehow remains institutionalized; the Blitz spirit is coolly stripped of cheeriness and never-say-die in ?Glorious Boys and ?Our City’; there is a Hithcockian horror story in ?The Gannets’, while in ?Who Has Desired The Sea’ and ?The Blackout’ the ?shell-shocked’ have ultimately only seen war exacerbate old, long-suppressed psychological wounds. Chilling but compassionate classics, the I Am Lazarus collection, republished now after many years, are essential documents of the time ? and of Anna Kavan.

First published in 1945, the stories collected under the title I Am Lazarus are a brilliant summation of the war experiences of Anna Kavan in Blitz-era London, working among invalided soldiers at a ?military neurosis centre’ in Mill Hill. Kavan’s view of the capital and some of its war victims in this momentous era are typically original and oblique: ?Lazarus’ is a patient revived from catatonia who somehow remains institutionalized; the Blitz spirit is coolly… (more)

First published in 1945, the stories collected under the title I Am Lazarus are a brilliant summation of the war experiences of Anna Kavan in Blitz-era London, working among invalided soldiers at a ?military neurosis centre’ in Mill Hill. Kavan’s view of the capital and some of its war victims in this momentous era are typically original and oblique: ?Lazarus’ is a patient revived from catatonia who somehow remains institutionalized; the Blitz spirit is coolly stripped of cheeriness and never-say-die in ?Glorious Boys and ?Our City’; there is a Hithcockian horror story in ?The Gannets’, while in ?Who Has Desired The Sea’ and ?The Blackout’ the ?shell-shocked’ have ultimately only seen war exacerbate old, long-suppressed psychological wounds. Chilling but compassionate classics, the I Am Lazarus collection, republished now after many years, are essential documents of the time ? and of Anna Kavan.

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