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The Faces

The Faces

  • Author: Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9780241391914
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It's Copenhagen, 1968. Lise, a children's book writer and married mother of three, is becoming increasingly haunted by disembodied faces and taunting voices. Convinced that her housekeeper and husband are plotting against her, she descends into a terrifying world of sickness, pills and institutionalisation. But is sanity in fact a kind of sickness? And might mental illness itself lead to enlightenment?

Brief, intense and haunting, Ditlevsen's novel recreates the experience of madness from the inside, with all the vividness of lived experience.

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Danish / fiction / international / Tiina Nunnally / Tove Ditlevsen / translation / written and translated by women /