Paris: Olympia Press, [1958]. Boards. Top edge a trace dusty, else fine in edgeworn dust jacket with minute chip at one corner. Item #WRCLIT71456

First edition of the late dramatist/novelist's first book, a serious exploration of narrative point of view, "focusing on a mentally ill man confined to a hospital bed as his perception of the exterior world slowly dissolves, and making the reader his only point of contact in the book's critique of society ... Inspired partly by Franz Kafka, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, heroes to many 1960s avant-garde authors, I Hear Voices often resembled the cut-up fiction of William S Burroughs. Yet for all its modernist influences, both form and content of the novel owed as much to the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Wilhelm Reich as to avant-garde literary techniques" - Ableman's obituary in THE GUARDIAN, by G. J. Buckell. KEARNEY & CARROLL 5.60.

Price: $55.00