This collection of stories - Frame's first published book - appeared in New Zealand in 1951, while she was confined in a mental hospital. It won an award for her, and a threatened brain operation was averted. These stories bring into focus a crucial turning point of the writer's life.
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Janet Frame is New Zealand’s most famous writer. A winner of the Commonwealth Prize for her fiction, she is also internationally acclaimed for her autobiographical trilogy, recently filmed under the title ‘An Angel at My Table’. ‘The Lagoon’ is her first published work.Dalla quarta di copertina:
Janet Frame is New Zealand’s most famous writer. A winner of the Commonwealth Prize for her fiction, she is also internationally acclaimed for her autobiographical trilogy, recently filmed under the title 'An Angel at My Table'. 'The Lagoon' is her first published work.
The twenty-four stories in this moving and enlightening collection were written in the late 1940s. At the time of first publication in New Zealand in 1951, Janet Frame was resident in a mental hospital, having been diagnosed as schizophrenic. When the book went on to win the Hubert Church Award, it was decided that she should be spared a threatened leucotomy operation – as she says in her autobiography, ‘My writing saved me’.
“Powerful and refreshing … her prose has the sharpness of imagist poetry, but its purposefulness and irony preclude mere exquisiteness; the ecstasy of the five senses is untarnished by self-pity.”
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“Frame is a deft miniaturist, and knows how to draw meaning from a split-second in lean and fit prose.”
“Janet Frame has a delicate touch, etching her stories with the finest of blades. 'The Lagoon' is a strange and whimsical collection.”
Also available in Flamingo: 'The Carpathians, Daughter Buffalo' and her autobiographical trilogy; 'To the Is-Land' (Vol. 1), 'An Angel at My Table' (Vol. 2), and 'The Envoy from Mirror City' (Vol. 3).
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Descrizione libro Flamingo, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110586092900