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The Faculty of Dreams

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352 pages
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Cover TextIn April 1988, Valerie Solanas - the writer, radical feminist and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol - was discovered dead in her hotel room, in a grimy corner of San Francisco. She was only 52; alone, penniless and surrounded by the typed pages of her last writings.
In The Faculty of Dreams, Sara Stridsberg revisits the hotel room where Solanas died, the courtroom where she was tried and convicted of attempting to murder Andy Warhol, the Georgia wastelands where she spent her childhood, and the mental hospitals where she was interned.
Through imagined conversations and monologues, reminiscences and rantings, Stridsberg reconstructs this most intriguing and enigmatic of women, articulating the thoughts and fears that she struggled to express in life and giving a powerful, heartbreaking voice to the writer of the infamous SCUM Manifesto.
Additional textSimply a very, very good debut novel. It discusses our human longing to function as smoothly as machines, our contempt for weakness, and the role of the weak in a world of achievement
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ISBN/GTIN978-0-85705-472-2
Product TypeBook
BindingPaperback
FormatTrade paperback (UK)
Publishing year2019
Publishing date15/04/2019
Pages352 pages
LanguageEnglish
SizeWidth 141 mm, Height 210 mm, Thickness 34 mm
Weight436 g
Article no.32681271
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PrefaceA stunning, shocking novel, bringing to life one of the most controversial, forgotten and fascinating characters of second-wave feminism.

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Sara Stridsberg, born in 1972, is a writer and playwright. Her first novel Happy Sally was published in 2004, and her break-through came two years later with the publication of The Faculty of Dreams, her second novel. Her latest novel, Darling River, was published in 2010. In addition to several, important prizes (see below) she has been shortlisted to the prestigious August Prize three times, most recently. in 2012 for her collection of plays, Medealand and other plays. Sara Stridsberg lives in Stockholm.