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Anna Kavan (1901–1968)

Teoksen Ice tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

Ice (1967) 1,157 kappaletta
Asylum Piece (2013) 209 kappaletta
Who Are You? (1963) — Tekijä — 95 kappaletta
The Parson (1995) 56 kappaletta
Guilty (2007) 51 kappaletta
A Scarcity of Love (1956) 46 kappaletta
A Charmed Circle (1929) 37 kappaletta
Mercury (1994) 36 kappaletta
Let Me Alone (1972) 28 kappaletta
Eagles Nest (1976) 27 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Avustaja — 166 kappaletta
Wave Me Goodbye: Stories of the Second World War (1988) — Avustaja — 83 kappaletta
The Folio Science Fiction Anthology (2016) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
Stories for the Dead of Night (1957) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories About Birds (2011) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
A book of shorter stories (1962) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Babysæsonen : en antologi (1974) — Tekijä, eräät painokset6 kappaletta
Little reviews anthology — Avustaja, eräät painokset1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla


Virallinen nimi
Woods, Helen Emily (geboren)
Ferguson, Helen (gehuwd)
Edmonds, Helen (gehuwd)
Muut nimet
Kavan, Anna
Cannes, France
London, England, UK
heart failure
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
London, England
Napier, New Zealand
London Central School of Arts and Crafts
Parsons Mead School, Ashstead, England, UK
Malvern College, Malvern, Worcestershire, England, UK
short story writer
Bluth, Karl Theodor (friend, collaborator)
Davies, Rhys (friend)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Anna Kavan was born Helen Emily Woods in Cannes, France to wealthy British parents. She spent her childhood in Europe, the UK, and the USA. At age 17, she married Donald Ferguson, with whom she had a son, and accompanied him for his work to Burma, where she began writing. Her early works were published under her first married name, Helen Ferguson. She remarried in 1931 to Stuart Edmonds, an artist, and lived in England, Europe, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand before settling in London. She became a heroin addict and used amphetamines, spent two long periods in mental hospitals, and attempted suicide at least three times. In 1939, she moved to New York and legally changed her name to Anna Kavan, taken from a character in her novels Let Me Alone (1930) and A Stranger Still (1935). She became an acclaimed writer and painter and a successful interior decorator. During the early part of World War II, she worked for a military psychiatric unit, and after returning to England in 1943, she was an editorial assistant for Horizon, which published some of her short stories and book reviews. She also worked as an assistant to the magazine's editor, Cyril Connolly. In 1950, she established the architecture and design firm Kavan Properties, and during the 1960s, bought and renovated old houses in London. Anaïs Nin, in her poetic literary study The Novel of the Future (1968), praised Anna Kavan for her "nocturnal writing" alongside Djuna Barnes, John Hawkes, and others. The novel Ice (1967) is generally considered Kavan's masterpiece. Several volumes of her work were published posthumously. Anna Kavan's friend, writer Rhys Davies, based his novel The Honeysuckle Girl (1975) on her early life.



Esta mulher é um achado. Dois contos e já estou completamente Kavanizado. O primeiro (Bright Green Field) é uma narrativa sobre campos gramados (!), sustentado todo no ponto de vista compulsivo do narrador, descambando num tipo de horror cósmico cheio de ritmo e cor e mais bem escrito que qualquer coisa que o Lovecraft já fez, por exemplo.

"But the advance of darkness was halted, stopped dead, at the edge of the meadow, arrested by sheer force of that ardent green. I expected the night to attack, to rush the meadow, to overrun it. But nothing happened. Only, I felt the tension of countless grass blades, poised in pure opposition to the invading dark."

O segundo (Happy Name) tem a melhor descrição e ambientação do interior de um sonho que já li; você sente todos aqueles pressupostos e aquela organicidade que pautam nossas ações enquanto persona sonhada — eu mesmo já tentei descrever esse tipo de coisa onírica e nunca ficou tão bom e natural quanto a Kavan faz parecer.

A certo momento a descrição chega a um tipo de horror que só vi parecido (e ainda em grande medida diferente) no cinema. Ao estilo de Mother, Sacríficio do Corvo Sagrado ou o Lagosta. O cerne deste aqui (os dois contos têm por volta de ~15pp), dividido em duas partes, está no contraste que que se dá quando cotejamos as pistas da vida e personalidade da protagonista no universo sonhado e imaginado, com quem e a vida que ela vive "de verdade", quando desperta. (O narrador fica meio lá e cá e não entrega tudo de bandeja.)

Tem, ainda, uma outra virada, aí mais aberta e deixo para quem quiser lê-lo. É também um prato cheio para a leitura psicanalítica por conta das pistas da infância sonhada, da relação com o pai que só conhecemos através do sonho dela, detalhes meticulosamente cravejados, e também deixo isso para quem se interessa por este tipo de análise.

"It had never occurred to Miss Letty that her father was tempting providence when he gave the name Letitia to his only child."
(NT: Letitia: Letitia fem. proper name, lit. "gladness," from L. laetitia, from laetus "glad," of unknown origin)
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RolandoSMedeiros | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 26, 2024 |
Sleep Has His House is closer to a work of art than a novel. Not necessarily in the meaning of greatness (although it is very impressive) but rather in that concept and artistry supersede plot and storytelling. It is a book suffused with a sense of being autobiographical, about a young girl called B who we suppose is Kavan herself as a child.

Each chapter consists of two parts - a dichotomy between reality and B's inner world. The italicised beginnings are quite matter-of-fact and brief synopses of particularly significant events in B's life. They are followed by burgeoning, vivid interpretations of these events in a surreal and exaggerated realm. Kavan's writing comes into its own in these second parts: her imagination and use of language to illustrate the subconscious responses are masterful and it is remarkable how current and accessible the writing feels despite being written in 1947. In particular, Kavan expertly takes idyllic scenes and slowly degrades then into their exact opposites (or vice versa) - evoking dark, haunting imagery that leaves you sorrowed by the experiences B/Kavan had to face so young.

I think this was a good place to begin my reading of Kavan - it was a great advert of her talents and I'm really interested to see how they translate to a more traditional narrative. For lovers of descriptive, well-considered prose I heartily recommend Sleep Has His House. For those that prefer a stronger narrative element, perhaps her other novels are a better place to start. It also brought to mind 'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath and the work of Janet Frame - so if you are fans of those, I predict Kavan will be up your street too. 4/5
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Dzaowan | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 15, 2024 |
I didn't know anything about [Ice] before opening its cover and diving it. It is surreal - like an arctic fever dream and yet also has a sort of spy story feel to it. The writing style reminded me of Italo Calvino's [Invisible Cities]. The storyline seems to weave back upon itself, and the same scenario keeps repeating but with differing evolutions. The world is a dystopian one where ice is slowly encasing the planet, and I did love the numerous different ways that Kavan describes the all encompassing cold. But the cold also permeates her characters - I didn't like anyone in this novel, and didn't much enjoy the story, but I kept reading because I wanted to know where it was going. And just when I got to the final pages, and I thought I knew where she was going with it all, and I thought it was brilliant...she didn't go there. So disappointing. And slightly maddening.

"Instead of my world, there would soon be only ice, snow, stillness, death; no more violence, no war, no victims; nothing but frozen silence, absence of life. The ultimate achievement of mankind would be, not just self-destruction, but the destruction of all life; the transformation of the living world into a dead planet."

Originally published in 1967, Kavan's vision of climate change will speak to present day readers.
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Crazymamie | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 28, 2024 |
I just really don't know if I loved this or if I hated it. Parts of it were so amazing and just sang to me but parts of it made me cringe and look away.

Either way, love or hate, it was beautifully written and so compelling. I guess after all is said and done, I did love it.
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beentsy | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 12, 2023 |



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