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3 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Anna Kavan. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Anna Kavan, often where they are interviewed.

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3 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Anna Kavan. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Anna Kavan, often where they are interviewed.

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Ice | Anna Kavan

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If you've ever wondered what it would be like if Philip K. Dick wrote Lolita, then this might the book for you? So, strap on your reality boots because we're wading deep into the waters of "what the hell is going on?"

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Sep 06 2020 · 37mins
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21.3: Ice by Anna Kavan post-read with Charlotte Geater: Experimental & Postmodern Fiction, and Death Meditations

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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

* The Weird Tales podcast reads Lord Dunsany


As always, we'd love to hear from you! Chat with us on twitter at @spectologypod, send us an email at spectologypod@gmail.com, or submit the episode to r/printSF on reddit. We'll reply, and shout you out in the next podcast when we talk about your comment.

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Many thanks to Dubby J and Noah Bradley for doing our music and art.

Dec 24 2019 · 1hr 40mins

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#11 Ice by Anna Kavan

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Anna Kavan’s Ice was originally published in 1967 by Peter Owen books.  The book is Kavan’s final and best known work, and appeared just one year before her death.  In the aftermath of a nuclear war, society is rapidly crumbling as a wall of ice threatens to engulf the entire planet.  Our unnamed narrator roams through this barren, frozen wasteland in pursuit of a young girl with a halo of hair as bright as spun glass; his designs on her are decidedly sinister.  The novel proceeds with the torturous, cyclical quality of an inescapable nightmare in which the reader is cocooned. 

Over the course of the episode, we discuss the extent to which Kavan's heroin addiction influenced the novel, consider the novels place in the tradition of post-apocalyptic fiction, and explore the unique brutality of the novel's narrator. 


A Stranger on Earth: The Life and Work of Anna Kavan (2006) by Jeremy Reed (Peter Owen)

'The Fiction of Anna Kavan' by Victoria Walker (PhD Thesis, 2012) https://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/8627


The Drowned World (1962) by J. G. Ballard

Aug 14 2018 · 1hr 10mins