Patient

Patient

by Ana Maria Shua, Anamaria Shua
     
 

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Written in a style that demonstrates Shua's passion for the written word (and reminds us how much of a joy reading can truly be), Patient is the gripping tale of a man lost in the bureaucratic workings of a state mental health facility. Anticipating only a brief stay for minor testing, he soon realizes that leaving the hospital will not be such a simple task. With… See more details below

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Written in a style that demonstrates Shua's passion for the written word (and reminds us how much of a joy reading can truly be), Patient is the gripping tale of a man lost in the bureaucratic workings of a state mental health facility. Anticipating only a brief stay for minor testing, he soon realizes that leaving the hospital will not be such a simple task. With expertly rendered black humor and irony, this lively narrative draws us into a satire of the state mental health care system and a powerful metaphor for the human condition.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
When Shua's anonymous protagonist checks into a hospital for routine tests to diagnose an undisclosed illness, he undergoes a series of endless, relentless examinations and an erroneous operation, all the time trying unsuccessfully to consult with the doctor who admitted him. After failing to obtain the obligatory release papers, the patient resigns himself to his fate as a permanent hospital resident. Except for the ending, this plot may strike a familiar chord to anyone who's ever had an extended hospital stay. In Shua's hands, however, it becomes a compelling political allegory in the tradition of Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward, though not so bleak. Shua, a popular, prolific author in her native Argentina, brilliantly exposes bureaucratic inefficiency and impersonality, and Argentine-literature specialist Foster has successfully rendered the black humor and satire of the work, though the pun of the Spanish original (I am patient as well as I am a patient) is lost. Recommended for public and academic collections.Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., Dublin, Ohio

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ISBN-13:
9780935480900
Publisher:
Latin American Literary Review Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Discoveries Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.38(d)

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