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The House of Sleep

(1948)
(Sleep has his House)
A novel by

 
 
A largely autobiographical account of an unhappy childhood, Sleep Has his House startled with its strangeness in 1948. Today it is one of Anna Kavan's most acclaimed books. A daring synthesis of memoir and surrealist experimentation, Sleep Has His House charts chronologically the stages of the subject's gradual withdrawal from all interest in and contact with the daylight world of received reality. Brief flashes of daily experience from childhood, adolescence and youth are described in what Kavan terms 'night-time language' - a heightened, decorative prose that frees these events from their gloomy associations. The novel suggests we have all spoken this dialect in childhood and in our dreams, but these thoughts can only be sharpened, or decoded by contemplation in the dark. Anna Kavan maintained that the plot of a book is only the point of departure, beyond which she tries to reveal that side of life which is never seen by the waking eye, but which dreams and drugs can suddenly illuminate. She spent the last ten years of her life literally and metaphorically shutting out the light; the startling discovery of Sleep Has His House is how much these night-time illuminations reveal her joy for the living world.

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Hardback Editions

1973 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sleep Has His House
Author(s): Anna Kavan
ISBN: 0-935576-00-2 / 978-0-935576-00-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Michael Kesend Pub Ltd
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January 1973 : UK Hardback
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Title: Sleep Has His House (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
Author(s): Anna Kavan
ISBN: 0-7206-0422-2 / 978-0-7206-0422-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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Paperback Editions

August 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sleep Has His House (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
Author(s): Anna Kavan
ISBN: 0-7206-1129-6 / 978-0-7206-1129-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen
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February 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sleep Has His House
Author(s): Anna Kavan
ISBN: 0-935576-01-0 / 978-0-935576-01-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Michael Kesend Pub Ltd
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1974 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sleep has his house (Picador)
Author(s): Anna Kavan
ISBN: 0-330-24161-3 / 978-0-330-24161-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sleep Has His House (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
Author(s): Anna Kavan
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2002 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Sleep Has His House (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
Author(s): Anna Kavan
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Availability: Amazon CA