21.3: Ice by Anna Kavan post-read with Charlotte Geater: Experimental & Postmodern Fiction, and Death Meditations
A doozy of a book, and one where we start off the episode not agreeing on how we liked it! Charlotte Geater (@tambourine on twitter and creator of wonderful bot-based poetry) joins us again after her Rupetta episodes last December to discuss the 1960s underground classic, Ice by Anna Kavan (https://amzn.to/2PRGTth). We discuss death, addiction, patriarchy, experimental fiction, and whether there are any easy allegories in this novel (answer: no). Adrian comes to terms with not having enjoyed reading the novel—but being glad he read it.
This is a very brutal book, and if you're going to read it you might want to check out our content warnings at the 12m27s mark.
Charlotte recommended a number of stories, books, and novels to go along with Ice. Links to them all are collected below. Go to Spectology.com if the links don't show up on your podcatcher.
* Excerpt of Sofia Samatar's novella, Fallow
* Descriptions of Jane Gaskell's unfortunately out of print novels
* Ann Quin's recently republished first novel, Berg
* "The Debutant", a story by Leonora Carrington
* Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry by BS Johnson
* Sylvia Townsend Warner's The Kingdoms of Elfin
* Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson
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