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Eagles' Nest

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In this powerful fantasy, Kavan describes the life of an individual who cannot face the harsh impact of modern civilization. Exploring the shifting territory between the concrete world and the world of dreams, she questions both the ultimate reality of personal identity and of existence itself.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1976 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1957)
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Nate D
Oct 13, 2011 Nate D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anxiety landscapes
Recommended to Nate D by: the dream within
Wherever I looked, I encountered the same blank rejection, as though, by rejecting the hand, I had initiated a mass-reaction in my surroundings. With dreadful finality, the room itself was casting me into outer darkness.

A paranoiac anxiety-dream of hypervivid bipolar land forms...

Anna Kavan, a forgotten favorite whose virtues I suppose I can't really shut up about here on GR, wrote a number of exceedingly strange novels starting in the 1940s, culminating in her masterpiece of apocalyptic surrea
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Recommended to Sean by: seven judge-shaped crags
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A man once comfortably situated with grand future prospects suddenly loses his position and finds himself working a low-level job as an advertising artist. Out of frustration at the ignominious nature of his work he searches the classifieds and finds an ad posted by his former patron, a powerful man known only as the Adminstrator, who once employed him to catalogue his personal library. Recalling with fondness the genial relationship he'd formed with this man, he eagerly applies for the position
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Anna Kavan was born "Helen Woods" in France on April 10, 1901 to wealthy expatriate British parents.

Her initial six works were published under the name of Helen Ferguson, her first married name. These early novels gave little indication of the experimental and disturbing nature of her later work. I Am Lazarus (1945), a collection of short stories which explored the inner mindscape of the psycholo
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“Standing there, I had the feeling of putting on armour, taking up secret weapons, becoming like a dreamer, invulnerable for the moment—safe in my dream. Now I could face the world, having no part in life; the presence of waiting phantoms could be forgotten. I was outside everything, surrendered unconditionally to my dream, giving no thought to my next move, prepared to obey whatever impulse next reaches me from the unseen.” 1 likes
“The sight of the wall of water outside reassured me, giving me the idea that it made very little difference whether I stayed with her, or set out alone on my journey that had neither visible starting point nor destination. It didn't matter: since, however closely I became involved with another existence, my own world would always remain secret, inaccessible and shut-off; nobody would ever see me, except as a dim, changeable, wavering shadow, through its impenetrable, semi-opaque walls.” 0 likes
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