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October Child

October Child

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From 2013 to 2017, Linda Bostr m Knausg rd was periodically confined to a psychiatric ward and subjected to electroconvulsive therapy, resulting in the loss of memories. This is the story of her struggle against mental illness and isolation

"(Bostr m Knausg rd's) first openly autobiographical book becomes an act of self-examination powerful enough to match if not surpass those of her ex-husband's."--The Guardian

From 2013 to 2017, Linda Bostr m Knausg rd was periodically interned in a psychiatric ward where she was subjected to electroconvulsive therapy. As the treatments at this "factory" progressed, the writer's memories began to disappear. What good is a writer without her memory? This book, based on the author's experiences, is an eloquent and profound attempt to hold on to the past, to create a story, to make sense, and to keep alive ties to family, friends, and even oneself. Moments from childhood, youth, marriage, parenting, and divorce flicker across the pages of October Child. This is the story of one woman's struggle against mental illness and isolation. It is a raw testimony of how writing can preserve and heal.

Author: Linda Boström Knausgård
Publisher: World Editions
Published: 06/01/2021
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.57lbs
Size: 7.90h x 4.90w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781642860894

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 05/10/2021

About the Author
LINDA BOSTRÖM KNAUSGÅRD is a Swedish author and poet, as well as a producer of documentaries for national radio. Her first novel, The Helios Disaster, was longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature in the United States. Welcome to America, her second novel, was nominated for the prestigious Swedish August Prize and the Svenska Dagbladet Literary Prize in her home country, and was also longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award and the National Translation Award in the United States. October Child became a bestseller in Sweden and throughout Scandinavia, where it was published to great critical acclaim.

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