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Ice (Peter Owen Cased Classics)

Anna Kavan, Christopher Priest (Foreword by)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/26/2018)
Paperback (11/14/2017)


In a land devastated by war, a nameless narrator pursues an elusive white-haired woman in the clutches of a government official known only as "The Warden." Neither will giver her up, but a freak ecological apocalypse is indifferent to their rival claims. As a terrifying wall of ice continues its incursion, freezing everything in its path, it seems that only the white-haired woman is truly resigned to the fate of the world. Ice is hailed as classic of science fiction and a definitive work of the slipstream genre. As part of the Peter Owen Cased Classics series, this edition is bound with printed endpapers, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker. The elegant dust jacket features a die cutting of a triangle, while printed on the cover board is the striking artwork of contemporary artist Naomi Frears.

Praise For Ice (Peter Owen Cased Classics)

'Ice is her best novel: a sustained and extended metaphor for the descent into, and traverse of, the ice-laden world of the addict ... a marvel of descriptive, chilling writing, rich in action and introspection.' - Christopher Priest

"There is nothing else like it. . . . This ice is not psychological ice or metaphysical ice; here the loneliness of childhood has been magicked into a physical reality as hallucinatory as the Ancient Mariner's." —Doris Lessing

"In Anna Kavan's Ice we are introduced to a trinity of characters who are frozen with the desire to be free. Entering this haunting realm, the reader will crave to plunge deeper into her metallic and poetically surreal universe."  –Patti Smith

"Her stories are . . . rich with a fresh kind of peril."  —New York Times

Peter Owen Publishers, 9780720620054, 192pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2018

About the Author

Anna Kavan (1901-1968), born Helen Woods, was a British novelist who emerged from a Swiss asylum in 1938 with a pen-name adopted from one of her fictional characters. Now a cult figure, her writing has been compared to Kafka, Woolf and Ballard. Christopher Priest is a novelist and science fiction writer whose works include Inverted World and The Prestige.