The Shutter of Snow (Virago Modern Classics)

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In a prose form as startling as its content, The Shutter of Snow portrays the post-partum psychosis of Marthe Gail, who after giving birth to her son, is committed to an insane asylum. Believing herself to be God, she maneuvers through an institutional world that is both sad and terrifying, echoing the worlds of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Snake Pit. Based upon the author's own experience after the birth of her son in 1924, The Shutter of Snow retains all the energy it had when first published in 1930.

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"Coleman's lyrical rendering of her... treatment for post-partum psychosis... fresh and immediate and, at the same time, historically revealing." -- Publishers Weekly "An extraordinary, visionary book, written out of those edges where madness and poetry meet." -- Fay Weldon "The book is no less graphic than it is authentic, an extremely rare achievement in the 'firsthand' document school of letters, for usually we have drama at the expense of truth, or bald facts that unwittingly falsify the picture. The Shutter of Snow is a profoundly moving book, supplying as it does a glimpse of what a temporary derangement and its consequences may mean to the sufferer." -- The Nation

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