The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping (Hardback)
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The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages
Published: 09/01/2020

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Enquiring and enlightening, Harvey’s memoir of a year of insomnia uses sleep deprivation as a means of unlocking fundamental human truths and interrogating notions of reality and memory. Written with candour but also an innate lyricism, The Shapeless Unease is a profound and frequently dazzling meditation.

A poignant, urgent memoir about insomnia from the acclaimed author of The Western Wind

Sleep. Sleep. Like money, you only think about it when you have too little. Then you think about it all the time, and the less you have the more you think about it. It becomes the prism through which you see the world and nothing can exist except in relation to it.

Samantha Harvey's insomnia arrived, seemingly, from nowhere; for a year she has spent her nights chasing sleep that rarely comes. She's tried everything to appease it. Nothing is helping.

What happens when one of the basic human needs goes unmet? For Samantha Harvey, extreme sleep deprivation resulted in a raw clarity about life itself. Original and profound, The Shapeless Unease is a startlingly insightful exploration of memory, writing and influence, death and grief, and the will to survive.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787332027
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 22 mm

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“A truly magnificent writer...”

Samantha Harvey is the kind of writer who could turn her hand to pretty much anything. Her prose, be it fiction or non-fiction, tends to lean into an intimacy that really resonates with me and this book is no... More

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“How do you review something that resonates so deeply with you?”

Blending essay, memoir, and fiction, Harvey’s fragmented prose reflects that of her sleepless state: she meanders through memories, existential anxieties and present emotions with a succinct style that articulates her... More

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“The million-petalled flower of being”

A wonderful blend of autobiography, poetry, prose and insight, The Shapeless Unease is novelist Harvey’s stark memoir of insomnia-and so much more. One of our boldest, most fearless writers here turning the lens on... More

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