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This hitherto unpublished novel, an exciting literary discovery, is from Anna Kavan's most creative period.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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palm leaves
quite near
grey hooded
immediately afterwards
anything else
wide open
human beings
long ago
first time
much longer
mountain slopes
beech woods
ever since
pear tree
anywhere near
hooded coat
tropical island
taken aback
open space
cold wind

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Chas
Luz
Luke

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281469

stats#has diversity indice

7.381083

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7665

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56576

coverage

jungle
mountains

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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Abusive Men
Psychological fiction
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surrealism fiction
Autobiographical fiction

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Mercury

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work manifested

Mercury (2006)
Mercury (1994)