Faber Members get 10% off their first order

I Hear Voices

Paul Ableman
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571314829
Date Published
20.03.2014
Delivery
All orders are sent via Royal Mail and are tracked: choose from standard or premium delivery.
Summary

Paul Ableman’s modern masterpiece was first published by the Olympia Press of Paris in 1958, to instant acclaim. The narrator of I Hear Voices is a young schizophrenic who transports himself, and the reader, through a wondrously transfigured city where the real and the fantastic blend together in a seamless enchantment. The continual stream and buzz of events is often comical, occasionally wrenching, and always unpredictable. Encounters with Miss Carpet, The Commissioner, Merkitt and Mrs Oil, among others, are filled with poignant satire and disquieting honesty in this vision of the fragmentation of contemporary life.

This Faber Finds edition of I Hear Voices includes a preface by Margaret Drabble: her obituary for Paul Ableman, who died in 2006.

‘The book, not excluding Lolita, which gave me the greatest pride and pleasure to publish.’ Maurice Girodias

‘A strikingly fresh and original work of art… The writing is brilliant; both terrifying and hilariously funny.’ Philip Toynbee, Observer

‘Subtle, humorous, clinically authentic.’ Times Literary Supplement

PaulAbleman

Paul Ableman (1927-2006) was a novelist, playwright and screenwriter, born in Leeds and brought up in London and New York. He was the author of five novels, most famous of which was I Hear Voices, in which his writing is inspired not only by the modernist avant garde but by psychoanalytic theory. He also wrote plays and scripts for radio,…

Read More
PaulAbleman