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Briefing for a Descent Into Hell : A Psychological Thriller
by Doris Lessing


Overview - In this ambitious novel of madness and release, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Doris Lessing imagines the fantastical "inner-space" life of an amnesiac.

Charles Watkins, a Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, has suffered a breakdown, confined to a mental hospital as his friends and doctors attempt to bring him back to reality.  Read more...


 
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More About Briefing for a Descent Into Hell by Doris Lessing
 
 
 
Overview
In this ambitious novel of madness and release, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Doris Lessing imagines the fantastical "inner-space" life of an amnesiac.

Charles Watkins, a Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, has suffered a breakdown, confined to a mental hospital as his friends and doctors attempt to bring him back to reality. But Watkins has embarked on a tremendous pyschological adventure that takes him from a spinning raft in the Atlantic to a ruined stone city on a tropical island to an outer-space journey through singing planets. As he travels in his mind through memory and the farther reaches of imagination, his doctors try to subdue him with ever more powerful drugs in a competition for his soul. In this provocative novel, Lessing takes us on a harrowing voyage into the rarely glimpsed territory of the inner mind.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307390615
  • ISBN-10: 0307390616
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: July 2009
  • Page Count: 308
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds

Series: Vintage International

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