Ice by Anna Kavan audiobook

Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition

By Anna Kavan
Read by Nigel Patterson

Tantor Audio 9780143131991
5.64 Hours Unabridged
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In a frozen, apocalyptic landscape, destruction abounds: great walls of ice overrun the world and secretive governments vie for control. Against this surreal, yet eerily familiar broken world, an unnamed narrator embarks on a hallucinatory quest for a strange and elusive "glass-girl" with silver hair. He crosses icy seas and frozen plains, searching ruined towns and ransacked rooms, all to free her from the grips of a tyrant known only as the warden and save her before the ice closes all around. A novel unlike any other, Ice is at once a dystopian adventure shattering the conventions of science fiction, a prescient warning of climate change and totalitarianism, a feminist exploration of violence and trauma, a Kafkaesque literary dreamscape, and a brilliant allegory for its author's struggles with addiction—all crystallized in prose glittering as the piling snow. Kavan's 1967 novel has built a reputation as an extraordinary and innovative work of literature, garnering acclaim from China Mi├®ville, Patti Smith, J. G. Ballard, Ana├»s Nin, and Doris Lessing, among others. With echoes of dystopian classics like Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, and J. G. Ballard's High Rise, Ice is a necessary and unforgettable addition to the canon of science fiction classics.

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Summary

In a frozen, apocalyptic landscape, destruction abounds: great walls of ice overrun the world and secretive governments vie for control. Against this surreal, yet eerily familiar broken world, an unnamed narrator embarks on a hallucinatory quest for a strange and elusive "glass-girl" with silver hair. He crosses icy seas and frozen plains, searching ruined towns and ransacked rooms, all to free her from the grips of a tyrant known only as the warden and save her before the ice closes all around. A novel unlike any other, Ice is at once a dystopian adventure shattering the conventions of science fiction, a prescient warning of climate change and totalitarianism, a feminist exploration of violence and trauma, a Kafkaesque literary dreamscape, and a brilliant allegory for its author's struggles with addiction—all crystallized in prose glittering as the piling snow.

Kavan's 1967 novel has built a reputation as an extraordinary and innovative work of literature, garnering acclaim from China Mi├®ville, Patti Smith, J. G. Ballard, Ana├»s Nin, and Doris Lessing, among others. With echoes of dystopian classics like Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, and J. G. Ballard's High Rise, Ice is a necessary and unforgettable addition to the canon of science fiction classics.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A writer of intense imagination. . . . Slippery, bizarre, and meticulously written. . . . A gripping and uniquely strange work of science fiction. Kirkus Starred Review
“A writer of intense imagination…Slippery, bizarre, and meticulously written…A gripping and uniquely strange work of science fiction.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“One might become convinced that Kavan had seen the future…A half century after its first appearance, Kavan’s fever dream of a novel is beginning to seem all too real.” The New Yorker
“Brooding, mysterious…a fascinating marriage of the Goth novel with science fiction.” Publishers Weekly
“Anna Kavan created a uniquely fascinating fictional world. Few contemporary novelists could match the intensity of her vision.” J.G. Ballard, author of Empire of the Sun

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Author Bio: Anna Kavan

Author Bio: Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan (1901–1968) began her career writing under her married name Helen Ferguson. It was only after a nervous breakdown that she became Anna Kavan, the protagonist of her 1930 novel Let Me Alone, with an outwardly different persona and new literary style. Much of her life remains an enigma. Kavan suffered periodic bouts of mental illness and long-term drug addiction—she had become addicted to heroin in the 1920s and continued to use it throughout her life—and these facets of her life feature prominently in her work. She died in 1968 of heart failure, soon after the publication of her most celebrated work, Ice.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 5.64
Audience: Adult
Language: English