Valerie: or, The Faculty of Dreams: A Novel

Valerie: or, The Faculty of Dreams: A Novel


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Winner of the Nordic Prize in Literature, acclaimed Swedish novelist Sara Stridsberg makes her American debut with Valerie, conjuring the life and mind of 1960s firebrand, American feminist, and author of the SCUM manifesto, Valerie Solanas.

In April 1988, Valerie Solanas—the writer, radical feminist, and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol—was discovered dead at fifty-two in her hotel room, in a grimy corner of San Francisco, alone, penniless, and surrounded by the typed pages of her last writings.

In Valerie, Sara Stridsberg revisits the hotel room where Solanas died; the courtroom where she was tried and convicted of attempting to murder Andy Warhol; the Georgia wastelands where she spent her childhood, where she was repeatedly raped by her father and beaten by her alcoholic grandfather; and the mental hospitals where she was shut away. Through imagined conversations and monologues, reminiscences and rantings, Stridsberg reconstructs this most intriguing and enigmatic of women, articulating the thoughts and fears that she struggled to express in life and giving a powerful, heartbreaking voice to the writer of the infamous SCUM Manifesto.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374151911
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 282,918
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Sara Stridsberg is an internationally acclaimed writer and playwright. She has published seven books of both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. A former member of the Swedish Academy, she is a leading feminist and artist in her native Sweden and around the world.

Deborah Bragan-Turner has a degree in Scandinavian languages from the University College London. She translates Swedish literature, particularly literary fiction and biographies.

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Valerie: or, The Faculty of Dreams: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jjthor 17 days ago
A different type of book for me to read but I found it interesting. It is about Valerie Solanas a writer and feminist and would be assasin that was found dead with her pages of writting around her. Sara Stridsberg goes over the life and happeings of Valerie and puts the writtings of the SCUM manifesto in her own words and thoughts to try and give you more of an insight into Valerie and what she was about. Well written but could be confusing at times not a light read thats for sure but I found it to be engrossing and I had to read to the end.