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I Am Lazarus: Stories

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Hardcover, 146 pages
Published 1978 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1945)
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Nate D
Sep 26, 2014 Nate D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the gannet-marked
Recommended to Nate D by: blitz years
The psychological fallout of wartime, inescapable, just as it's happening. While blitz London has been eclipsed as far as understandings of the horror of world war two goes, this was written from still within its grasp, in a period that probably seemed likely to continue as indefinitely as the asylum stays and bureaucratic nightmares detailed within. Hinging upon a feverish burst of brutality and despair encompassed by a couple pages in the middle, this unfold isn two parts: the first realistic ...more
Jun 27, 2013 Mariel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: float like castles
Recommended to Mariel by: Nate D
He saw the young man’s face in the mirror up on the wall, he saw the thick wind-ruffled hair and the little scar on the cheekbone. The face moved in the mirror and when he looked round he could not see it anywhere in the room, and when he wanted to call out the sickness choked him, and now he tried to fight the icy sickness, but like whales the waves of it fell on him till he was pounded and drowned, and while he froze suffocating and could not move or breathe.

The grass whispered beneath his w
Mar 18, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
There's some beautiful phrasing in this. Individually, the stories are well-crafted. But, for me, something was lacking. The collection, overall, felt somehow incomplete. I missed the lush prose, the splintered psyche, the fevered surrealism, the tigers, the blood and the roses. It's all there, to a degree, but the predominant impression left upon me is just a dull, gray ache. I wanted to be startled, immersed. I wanted to see the thorn fully extracted.

Still, it's Anna Kavan. She's Anna Kavan an
Steve Dewey
Nov 09, 2015 Steve Dewey rated it liked it
I've read various novellas by Anna Kavan over the years -- Ice , Sleep Has His House , and Who Are You? . The first two I read a very long time ago, and can remember little about them, although I know they intrigued me enough to continue exploring her work. The last I read only recently, and while it was enjoyable enough, it wasn't particularly memorable. Still, Kavan continues to interest me, so I thought I'd try this collection of short stories.

The stories reflect in part Kavan's time in L
Jan 05, 2016 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Unlike Julia and the Bazooka, this collection of Kavan’s short fiction was originally published during her lifetime, and the significance of this distinction is clear. This book is more balanced, with most if not all of the stories written during a period of Kavan’s life in wartime London following her return from living abroad. While there are a few that stray beyond the more obvious parallels to Kavan’s experience, such as the gothic tale ‘The Brother’ and the horror snapshot ‘The Gannets’, mo
Jun 14, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Madness is a ripe subject for artistic exploration. Anna Kavan makes a fascinating study with her short stories (drawn from her experience during the war and nervous breakdown). The best of her stories are those that focus on mental illness, independent and related to the Second World War. The reader may be left wanting more, but this is only the first of many thematic explorations, the seed that announced a drastic shift in her life and work.
Jonathan Norton
May 28, 2013 Jonathan Norton rated it liked it
First published in 1945, Kavan's stories set in wartime Britain, partly based on her time in a psychiatric unit for shocked servicemen. A few stories are in that world, but the general bureacratic, claustrophobic world of the Home Front is explored, often with Kafkaesque tones. Paranoia and hallucination afflicts many of the narrators, a general sense of unreality and finding human behaviour alien and inexplicable.
Jun 20, 2013 Tobias rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2013
Fine short fiction; began in a vein that reminded me of Rebecca West (in terms of its focus on psychologically damaged soldiers), but slowly moved into a more surreal, grimly ambiguous realm.
Nathan Larson
May 28, 2013 Nathan Larson rated it it was amazing
Just wow. Amazing amazing amazing. Everybody should be forced to read Kavan. She's the best. This is what u call a rave here
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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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“Where do I always find enough courage for one last hope? I am the enemy of this indestructible, pitiless hope which prolongs and intensifies all my pain. I would like to lay hold of hope and strangle it once and for all.” 5 likes
“There is, I believe, a kind of telepathy between the condemned: a sort of intuitive recognition which can even make itself felt through the medium of the printed page. How else should I feel—without fear of appearing presumptuous, either—for this great man whom I never saw and to whom I could not have spoken, the tender, wincing, pathetic solicitude that painfully comes into being only between fellow-sufferers?” 4 likes
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