One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

By Ken Kesey

Signet Book, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451163967, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 1963

An international bestseller and the basis for a hugely successful film, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was one of the defining works of the 1960s.

A mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, the novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse. McMurphy swaggers into the mental ward like a blast of fresh air and turns the place upside down, starting a gambling operation, smuggling in wine and women, and egging on the other patients to join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy's revolution against Big Nurse and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle with shattering results.

With One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kesey created a work without precedent in American literature, a novel at once comic and tragic that probes the nature of madness and sanity, authority and vitality. Greeted by unanimous acclaim when it was first published, the book has become and enduring favorite of readers.

About the Author
Ne en 1935 dans l Oregon, Ken Kesey finance ses etudes a la Stanford University en se portant volontaire pour un programme d experimentation de drogues, a l hopital psychiatrique de la region ou il est bientot embauche comme infi rmier de nuit. Une experience sous acides qui lui inspire son premier roman, Vol au-dessus d un nid de coucou porte a l ecran en 1975 par Milo Forman. Figure incontournable du mouvement psychedelique, Ken Kesey publie en 1963 Et quelquefois j ai comme une grande idee (Editions Monsieur Toussaint Louverture).