Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition by Anna KavanIce: 50th Anniversary Edition by Anna Kavan

Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition

byAnna KavanForeword byJonathan LethemAfterword byKate Zambreno

Paperback | November 14, 2017

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A dazzling and haunting vision of the end of the world, Ice is a masterpiece of literary science fiction now in a new 50th anniversary edition with a foreword by Jonathan Lethem
 
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.
 
Acclaimed upon its publication as one of the best science fiction books of the year, Kavan’s 1967 novel has built a reputation as an extraordinary and innovative work of literature, garnering acclaim from China Miéville, Patti Smith, J. G. Ballard, Anaïs 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.

"One of the most mysterious of modern writers, Anna Kavan created a uniquely fascinating fictional world. Few contemporary novelists could match the intensity of her vision."  —J.G. Ballard

“There is nothing else like it.” —Doris Lessing
 
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Anna Kavan (1901–1968) was born Helen Woods. She began her career writing under her married name Helen Ferguson, publishing six novels. It was only after she had a nervous breakdown that she became Anna Kavan, the protagonist of her 1930 novel Let Me Alone, with an outwardly different persona and a new literary style. Much of her life ...
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Title:Ice: 50th Anniversary EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.53 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143131990

ISBN - 13:9780143131991

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"A writer of such chillingly matter-of-fact, unself-pitying vigor that her vision transcends itself." —The New Yorker"A writer of intense imagination…. Slippery, bizarre, and meticulously written…. A gripping and uniquely strange work of science fiction.” -Kirkus, starred review "One of the most mysterious of modern writers, Anna Kavan created a uniquely fascinating fictional world. Few contemporary novelists could match the intensity of her vision."  —J.G. Ballard “There is nothing else like it.” —Doris Lessing "One our greatest and most original novelists." —The Guardian "Brooding, mysterious...a fascinating marriage of the Goth novel with science fiction." —Publishers Weekly "One of the most terrifying postulations of the end of the world." —The Times of London "[A] marvelously gifted writer...an abundance of writing that astonishes with poetic brilliance." —Sunday Telegraph"Unique...its incantatory powers move it beyond the scopt of science-fantasy." —Brian Aldiss"Originally and masterfully written." —Columbus Dispatch