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A Cruel Madness (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 07/10/2004
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When a part-time worker in a mental hospital meets his old girlfriend inside he is not sure at first is she is a patient. Their reunion is haunted and haunting, and from the memory of their past affair there unfolds a labyrinth which darkens from romantic obsession to feelings deeper and more disturbing. Colin Thubron creates a world of passion, delusion, and reality mingling with unreality, pervaded by an all-consuming sense of longing and of loss.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099437192
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 128 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A nightmare vision of emotional instability and insanity... If Van Gogh or Munch had been novelists, or Strindberg a painter, they would have created similar mental landscapes... A work of fiction whose hold on the intellect is as strong as its grip on the senses: that sounds, looks, tastes and smells like a minor masterpiece" * Time Out *
"Brilliant... A Cruel Madness brings to mind other novels set in the microcosmic world of a hospital, Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain, Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" * New York Times Book Review *
"With terrifying vividness, Mr Thubron creates a phantasmagoric world" * Spectator *
"A quietly extraordinary tour de force" * Times Literary Supplement *
"Colin Thubron conjures up, within a tight narrative, a whole persuasive world - not just the physical setting of the hospital, but the tortuous and paradoxical internal world of the warped mind" -- Penelope Lively

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