THE HOUSE OF SLEEP by Anna Kavan

THE HOUSE OF SLEEP

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Far more esoteric than the short stories which introduced Anna Kavan last year, The House of Sleep, this is a Freudian fantasia of memory and illusion which ""describes in the nighttime language certain critical stages in the development of one individual human being."" In her so called ""dreamtongue"", a highly stylized stream of consciousness, here are the memories of childhood and early homes; of the mother who was sad and bored and who died; of boarding school and later the university which she hated- and from which she escaped to a private world- an ""inner room""; and finally the surrender to the nighttime world-or insanity. A strange, often artificial re-creation of what she terms ""dreamscapes""- for the most conjectural of markets.

Pub Date: July 17th, 1947
Publisher: Doubleday