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Kavan, Anna 1901-1968

Works: 124 works in 488 publications in 11 languages and 6,844 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Psychological fiction  Biography  Domestic fiction  Biographies  History  Science fiction  Fantasy fiction  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Bibliographic antecedent, Illustrator
Classifications: PR6009.D63, 823.912
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Most widely held works by Anna Kavan
Ice by Anna Kavan( Book )

67 editions published between 1967 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this haunting and surreal novel, the narrator and a man known as the warden search for an elusive girl in a frozen, seemingly post-nuclear, apocalyptic landscape. The country has been invaded and is being governed by a secret organisation. There is destruction everywhere; great walls of ice overrun the world. Together with the narrator, the reader is swept into a hallucinatory quest for this strange and fragile creature with albino hair. She is, we know, Anna Kavan herself. Acclaimed by Brian Aldiss on its publication in 1967 as the best science fiction book of the year, this extraordinary and innovative novel has subsequently been recognised as a major work of literature in its own right
Asylum piece and other stories by Anna Kavan( Book )

42 editions published between 1940 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published sixty years ago, Asylum Piece today ranks as one of the most extraordinary and terrifying evocations of human madness ever written. This collection of stories, mostly interlinked and largely autobiographical, chart the descent of the narrator from the onset of neurosis to final incarceration at a Swiss clinic. The sense of paranoia, of persecution by a foe or force that is never given a name evokes The Trial by Franz Kafka, the writer with whom Kavan is most often compared, though Kavan's deeply personal, restrained and almost foreignaccented style has no true model. The same
Julia and the bazooka, and other stories by Anna Kavan( Book )

27 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A posthumous collection of Kavan's prose, Julia and the Bazooka, and Other Stories (1970), makes an accessible and representative introduction to her work. "Bazooka" was her own term for a syringe, and there are a couple of pieces in here than deal directly with drug use. One of the best stories, "The Mercedes," was evidently inspired by her relationship with Bluth and suggests that there was something rather more complex than inseparable friendship going on. A man and a woman wait for a car to arrive to take him back to his wife. The car simply appears before them, and the man gets in and drives away, leaving the devastated woman behind
The parson by Anna Kavan( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oswald, an upright young army officer on leave in his native homeland, falls for Rejane, but she rejects any intimacy with him until she persuades him to take her to a sinister castle situated on a treacherous headland
Warships by Henry Brook( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title covers a vast range of warships from ancient triremes to present day destroyers, aircraft carriers and stealth corvettes. Cutaway illustrations reveal the inner workings of warship engines and weaponry
Who are you! : a novel by Anna Kavan( Book )

21 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicting the hopeless, emotional polarity of a young couple, this novel follows their doomed marriage spent in a remote, tropical hell. She—described only as the girl—is young, sophisticated and sensitive. He, Mr. Dog-Head, is an unreconstructed thug and heavy drinker who rapes his wife, otherwise passing his time bludgeoning rats with a tennis racket. Together with a visiting stranger, Suede Boots—who urges the woman to escape until he is banished by her husband—these characters live through the same situations twice. Their identities are equally real—or unreal—in each case. With slight variation in the background and the novel's atmosphere, neither the outcome nor the characters themselves are quite the same the second time. The constant question of the jungle brain-lever bird remains unanswered: who are you?
The Solar system by Emily Bone( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A simple introduction to the solar system that provides information about the sun, planets, and space exploration
Let me alone : a novel by Anna Kavan( Book )

16 editions published between 1930 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Change the name by Anna Kavan( Book )

10 editions published between 1941 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A charmed circle by Anna Kavan( Book )

11 editions published between 1929 and 2015 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1920s in England, a girl rebels against family tyranny by leaving the house, only to become the victim of the tyranny of an employer. A look at the price of independence. By the author of My Soul in China
Mercury by Anna Kavan( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man searches for a woman so he can save her from a sadistic husband, a search full of hallucinations which takes him across continents and seas. The novel is a drug-induced fantasy by a writer who died of an overdose, author of Sleep Has His House
Spying by Henry Brook( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What special skills does a spy need? How do spies create and crack codes? What types of gadgets do secret agents use? What's the difference between the CIA and the FBI? Find out about the control officers, field agents, and intelligence analysts fighting a secret war to protect their countries from threats around the globe"--Page 4 of cover
A stranger still by Anna Kavan( Book )

5 editions published between 1935 and 1995 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 1935 novel on an Englishwoman by the name of Anna Kavan who leaves her husband in Burma, then a British colony. In London, a wealthy man proposes to keep her as a mistress, but she spurns him and moves to France. She falls in love with a divorced Englishman, but he is not interested in marriage and in the end Anna returns to her husband
A scarcity of love; a novel by Anna Kavan( Book )

18 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Scarcity of Love tells the story of a young girl, rejected by her narcissistic and vengeful mother, whose life thereafter is a continuing series of betrayals that lead to the dead-end of madness and death. Like Sylvia Plath, Anna Kavan was capable of nearly perfect control over language as she describes, with impressive simplicity, the bizarre and hallucinatory landscape of derangement.
My soul in China : a novella and stories by Anna Kavan( Book )

16 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guilty by Anna Kavan( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guilty is narrated by Mark. He begins the novel as a young boy whose father has just returned from war. In spite of being garlanded as a hero, Mark's father declares himself a pacifist and is immediately reviled in a country still suffering from the divisions of war. When his father is forced into exile Mark meets Mr Spector, a shady figure who from then on is a dominant force in Mark's life, seeing him through his schooling, employment and even finding him accommodation. When Mark tries to break off with Mr Spector in order to pursue an engagement with the beautiful but docile Carla his life begins to unravel. Thwarted at every turn by a Kafkaesque bureaucracy he begins to fall prey to the machinations and insecurities of his guilt-ridden mind
Eagles' nest : a novel by Anna Kavan( Book )

9 editions published between 1957 and 2006 in English and Turkish and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I am Lazarus : stories by Anna Kavan( Book )

17 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories addressing the surreal realities of mental illness, from an incredible cult writer often compared to Kafka and Woolf The tortured life of Anna Kavan brought her some reward in terms of great pieces of art. Her drug addiction bore fruit in the "Julia and the Bazooka" collection of stories; while this companion volume recalls her experience of the asylum--powerful, haunting works which can be harrowing but are full of sympathy too
A bright green field, and other stories by Anna Kavan( Book )

10 editions published between 1958 and 1968 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sleep has his house by Anna Kavan( Book )

26 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Largely autobiographical account of an unhappy childhood, Sleep Has His House startled with its strangeness in 1948. Today it is one of Anna Kavan's most acclaimed books. A daring synthesis of memoir and surrealist experimentation, Sleep Has His House charts chronologically the stages of the subject's gradual withdrawal from all interest in and contact with the daylight world of received reality. Brief flashes of daily experience from childhood, adolescence and youth are described in what Kavan terms ?nighttime language' ? a heightened, decorative prose that frees these events from their gloo
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Alternative Names
Anna Kavan artista británica

Anna Kavan britische Schriftstellerin

Anna Kavan Brits schrijfster (1901-1968)

Anna Kavan écrivaine britannique

Anna Kavan właśc. Helen Emily Woods (1901-1968) – brytyjska pisarka, nowelistka i malarka

Edmonds, Anna 1901-1968

Edmonds, Helen 1901-1968

Edmonds, Helen Woods.

Edmonds Helen Woods 1901-1968

Edmonds, Helen Woods, 1904-1968

Ferguson, Helen.

Ferguson, Helen 1901-1967

Ferguson Helen 1901-1968


Kavan, Anna

Woods Edmonds, Helen 1901-1968

Woods, Helen 1901-1968

Woods, Helen Emily.

Woods, Helen Emily 1901-1968

Каван, Анна

אנה קוואן

אנה קוואן סופרת בריטית

קואן, אנה 1901-1968

קוואן, אנה 1901-1968

קון, אנה 1901-1968


カヴァン, アンナ


English (284)

Japanese (17)

French (16)

Spanish (13)

Italian (11)

Dutch (6)

Turkish (6)

Danish (4)

Swedish (3)

Polish (2)

Hebrew (1)

Asylum piece and other storiesJulia and the bazooka, and other storiesThe parsonWho are you! : a novelThe Solar systemA charmed circleMercuryA stranger still