Mercury

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AuthorAnna Kavan
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Mercury est un texte épais dont l’indice de diversité lexicale pointe à 7.381083. Il comporte 281469 caractères et 56576 mots dont 7665 différents.

Mercury introduit un nombre restreint de protagonistes évoluant dans un environnement sans nom.

Mercury, publiée pour la première fois en 1994, est une œuvre posthume. Elle a été éditée à 2 reprises, la dernière édition datant de 2006.

This hitherto unpublished novel, an exciting literary discovery, is from Anna Kavan's most creative period. A work of sustained imaginative vision, it contains some of the novelists' best hallucinogenic writing. The beautiful 'glass girl' Luz is pursued from one imaginary country to another by Luke, whose love for her becomes a pathological obsession. Luke is as bewitched, too, by the Indris, singing lemurs whose magical harmonies he encounters in a tropical forest of pellucid charms. The lemurs have no enemies in their jungle world 'where intelligence and affection were cherished, and destruction and cruelty had no place'. Luke has chosen his wandering life of exile to escape his own shortcomings and failure in human relations. And he wants to protect Luz, estranged from her sadistic husband Chas. Luke himself reveals shades of latent sadism and becomes dependent on tablets that induce horror, shame and ecstatic excitement. The narrative is projected like a series of dream sequences, enigma and illusion intertwined in the mound of Kafka. Yet, as in her novel Ice, Anna Kavan has fashioned a coruscating landscape of her own making - apocalyptic, compelling, unforgettable. (From the book jacket, first british edition published in 1994).

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Mercury

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quite near
beech woods
grey hooded
cold wind
open space
first time
long ago
wide open
anything else
much longer
tropical island
immediately afterwards
human beings
pear tree
palm leaves
anywhere near
ever since
hooded coat
taken aback
mountain slopes

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Chas
Luke
Luz

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281469

stats#has diversity indice

7.381083

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7665

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56576

coverage

mountains
jungle

creator

http://openlibrary.org/authors/OL200810A

date

1994

description

This hitherto unpublished novel, an exciting literary discovery, is from Anna Kavan's most creative period. A work of sustained imaginative vision, it contains some of the novelists' best hallucinogenic writing. The beautiful 'glass girl' Luz is pursued from one imaginary country to another by Luke, whose love for her becomes a pathological obsession. Luke is as bewitched, too, by the Indris, singing lemurs whose magical harmonies he encounters in a tropical forest of pellucid charms. The lemurs have no enemies in their jungle world 'where intelligence and affection were cherished, and destruction and cruelty had no place'. Luke has chosen his wandering life of exile to escape his own shortcomings and failure in human relations. And he wants to protect Luz, estranged from her sadistic husband Chas. Luke himself reveals shades of latent sadism and becomes dependent on tablets that induce horror, shame and ecstatic excitement. The narrative is projected like a series of dream sequences, enigma and illusion intertwined in the mound of Kafka. Yet, as in her novel Ice, Anna Kavan has fashioned a coruscating landscape of her own making - apocalyptic, compelling, unforgettable. (From the book jacket, first british edition published in 1994).

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Psychological fiction
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Abusive Men
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Autobiographical fiction
surrealism fiction

title

Mercury

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work manifested

Mercury (2006)
Mercury (1994)