I Am Lazarus, Anna Kavan
First U.K. edition, first impression of Kavan's second collection of short stories, a summation of her experiences working among invalided soldiers at a 'military neurosis centre' at the height of the London Blitz. The book consists of a series of short stories and sketches of people on the border of complete mental breakdown, depressed and on the point when to continue living is almost intolerable.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1945. An about fine copy in a very good, unclipped dust jacket. Binding is tight and sturdy, internally clean. The very scarce and fragile wartime dust jacket shows tanning to the spine with light chipping at the spine tips, a touch of shelfwear, and very minor tape reinforcement to verso, protected in archival mylar. Uncommon.
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