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This hitherto unpublished novel, an exciting literary discovery, is from Anna Kavan's most creative period. A work of sustained imaginative vision, it contains some of the novelists' best hallucinogenic writing. The beautiful "glass girl" Luz is pursued from one imaginary country to another by Luke, whose love for her becomes a pathological obsession. Luke is as bewitched, too, by the Indris, singing lemurs whose magical harmonies he encounters in a tropical forest of pellucid charms. The lemurs have no enemies in their jungle world "where intelligence and affection were cherished, and destruction and cruelty had no place." Luke has chosen his wandering life of exile to escape his own shortcomings and failure in human relations. And he wants to protect Luz, estranged from her sadistic husband Chas. Luke himself reveals shades of latent sadism and becomes dependent on tablets that induce horror, shame and ecstatic excitement. The narrative is projected like a series of dream sequences, enigma, and illusion intertwined in the mound of Kafka. Yet, as in her novel "Ice," Anna Kavan has fashioned a coruscating landscape of her own making--apocalyptic, compelling, unforgettable.

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Anna Kavan was one of the greatest unsung enigmas in 20th-century British literature. Born as, Helen Ferguson who lived a fraught childhood and two failed marriages led her to change her name to that of one of her characters. Despite struggling with mental illness and heroin addiction for most of her life, she was still able to write fiction that was as powerful and memorable as any English female writer of the last 150 years. Doris Lessing is the Nobel Prize-winning writer of such classic works as The Golden Notebook and The Grass Is Singing.

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A previously unpublished novel from the author of CHANGE THE NAME and A CHARMED CIRCLE, which tells the story of a man's search for a woman who has left her sadistic husband, and is set against a world facing apocalypse.

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