Author(s): Janet Frame; Hilary Mantel (Introduction by)
Written with unsparing precision and astounding immediacy, Faces in the Water takes the reader behind the walls of two hospitals--Cliffhaven and Treecroft--and into the hearts and minds of its confused and tormented patients. The experience of insanity and "the utter, the naked precariousness of existence" is conveyed with extraordinary insight and poetic brilliance.
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'One of the most impressive accounts of madness to be found in literature ... A masterpiece' Anita Brookner 'What an extraordinary woman she is, overcoming such obstacles, and making fresh and good use of them in her work' Doris Lessing 'Lyrical, touching and deeply entertaining' John Mortimer, Observer
Janet Frame (1924-2004) is New Zealand's most famous writer. She was a novelist, poet, essayist and short-story writer. Her autobiography inspired Jane Campion's acclaimed film, 'An Angel at My Table'. She was an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Literature and won the Commonwealth Literature Prize. In 1983 she was awarded the CBE.