Anna Kavan's New Zealand

Author(s): Jennifer Sturm

NZ Fiction

New Zealanders live 'in temporary shacks, uneasily, as reluctant campers too far from home', wrote Anna Kavan in a London magazine in 1943. Her seemingly negative comments created a stir both in the UK and New Zealand and suggested Kavan felt nothing but antipathy for the country. However, in researching this prize-winning author of nineteen books, Dr Jennifer Sturm uncovered letters and unpublished short stories written during Kavan's sojourn in New Zealand that show a more complex, affectionate and significant response. Those stories are published here for the first time, along with a fascinating discussion of this experimental writer and talented artist, who struggled with bouts of depression and insecurity, as well as heroin addiction and a stream of unconventional love affairs. Kavan roamed the world trying to find a home, and although her stay in New Zealand was for less than two years, her stories reveal a country where she found temporary peace, a country she captures in a warm and astute gaze. This book provides an intriguing insight, not only into the life and writing of Anna Kavan but also New Zealand of the 1940s.


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Jennifer Sturm researched Anna Kavan for her PhD thesis and uncovered the stories and letters in the process.

General Fields

  • : 9781869791339
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Vintage New Zealand
  • : May 2009
  • : New Zealand
  • : January 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jennifer Sturm
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : 823.914
  • : 272
  • : General & literary fiction; Classic fiction; Short stories
  • : photographs