The Faculty of Dreams

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Author: Sara Stridsberg
Translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner

9780857054746 | PB | pp. 352 | 2024 | MacLehose Press

In The Faculty of Dreams, Sara Stridsberg revisits the hotel room where Valerie Solanas died, the courtroom where she was tried and convicted of attempting to murder Andy Warhol, the Georgia wastelands where she spent her childhood, and the mental hospitals where she was interned.

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In April 1988, Valerie Solanas – the writer, radical feminist and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol – was discovered dead in her hotel room, in a grimy corner of San Francisco. She was only 52; alone, penniless and surrounded by the typed pages of her last writings. In The Faculty of Dreams, Sara Stridsberg revisits the hotel room where Solanas died, the courtroom where she was tried and convicted of attempting to murder Andy Warhol, the Georgia wastelands where she spent her childhood, and the mental hospitals where she was interned. Through imagined conversations and monologues, reminiscences and rantings, Stridsberg reconstructs this most intriguing and enigmatic of women, articulating the thoughts and fears that she struggled to express in life and giving a powerful, heartbreaking voice to the writer of the infamous SCUM Manifesto.

Author:

Sara Stridsberg
Translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner

ISBN:

9780857054746

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

352

Year of Publication:

2024

Publisher:

MacLehose Press

Edition:

Second

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Contributors

Sara Stridsberg, born in 1972, is a writer and playwright. Her first novel Happy Sally was published in 2004, and her break-through came two years later with the publication of The Faculty of Dreams, her second novel, the English translation of which was longlisted for the Booker International Prize in 2019. Her latest novel, Darling River, was published in 2010. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious August Prize three times, most recently in 2012 for her collection of plays, Medealand and other plays. She lives in Stockholm.

Deborah-Bragan Turner is a translator of Swedish literature, and a former bookseller and academic librarian. She studied Scandinavian Languages at University College, London, and her translations include works by Per Olov Enquist and Sara Stridsberg.

 

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