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Down below av Leonora Carrington
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Down below (utgåvan 2017)

av Leonora Carrington, Marina Warner (Contributor.)

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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:A stunning work of memoir and an unforgettable depiction of the brilliance and madness by one of Surrealism's most compelling figures

In 1937 Leonora Carringtonlater to become one of the twentieth centurys great painters of the weird, the alarming, and the wildwas a nineteen-year-old art student in London, beautiful and unapologetically rebellious. At a dinner party, she met the artist Max Ernst. The two fell in love and soon departed to live and paint together in a farmhouse in Provence. 

In 1940, the invading German army arrested Ernst and sent him to a concentration camp. Carrington suffered a psychotic break. She wept for hours. Her stomach became the mirror of the earthof all worlds in a hostile universeand she tried to purify the evil by compulsively vomiting. As the Germans neared the south of France, a friend persuaded Carrington to flee to Spain. Facing the approach of robots, of thoughtless, fleshless beings, she packed a suitcase that bore on a brass plate the word Revelation.

This was only the beginning of a journey into madness that was to end with Carrington confined in a mental institution, overwhelmed not only by her own terrible imaginings but by her doctors sadistic course of treatment. In Down Below she describes her ordealin which the agonizing and the marvelous were equally combinedwith a startling, almost impersonal precision and without a trace of self-pity. Like Daniel Paul Schrebers Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, Down Below brings the hallucinatory logic of madness home.
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Medlem:ecdawson
Titel:Down below
Författare:Leonora Carrington
Andra författare:Marina Warner (Contributor.)
Info:New York : New York Review Books, 2017.
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I appreciate what's been done here but it was a bit too much like reading my friends' Facebook statuses when they were in mental crises (I say this as someone who has mental illness and understands it and experiences it within my family). It was not for me, and I did not find it compelling as a story beyond a case study of a person's delusions. ( )
  ostbying | Jan 1, 2023 |
What is truly frightening is how calm and measured Carrington is throughout the book, even being very precise with the visions/hallucinations while documenting them. Indirectly, this book is also an account of the external effects of Cardiazol, administered to her in an attempt to stop her psychosis, but with the side-effects of intensely experienced fear.

One can't help but be held in awe of her self-assurance and immense will to live, given the horrendous events she had to undergo. ( )
  georgeybataille | Jun 1, 2021 |
Down Below🍒🍒🍒🍒
By Leonora Carrington
1944

Incredibly strange. ...unexpectedly absorbing...

Leonora Carrington was a British born Surrealist painter, and a writer while living in Mexico. This takes place just as WW II is starting, and her lifetime partner, Max Ernst, is sent to a concentration camp. Or so she is told. It spurs her into fits of madness, and she begins performing rituals and talking to inanimate objects, making odd connections between them and herself.....

She is eventually labelled " incurably insane" and institutionalized in Spain. Leonora believes she has been captured and is being held in a concentration camp and is abused, mistreated and over medicated.

p.44 "I believe that I was being put through purifying tortures so that I might attain Absolute Knowledge, at which point I could live down below.....Later, with full lucidity, I would go down under, as the third person of the Trinity."

This is her account of her experiences, as told to a third party. I enjoyed this detailed, raw and lucid account of her long assent into madness....provocative and unforgettable.
This short novel is a must read!! ( )
  over.the.edge | Sep 16, 2018 |
After seeing Carrington's artwork and reading some biographical information about her, I became fascinated with her life. This slim volume is her firsthand account of her time spent in a Spanish insane asylum during WWII. She was deemed incurable, but she did actually recover from what sounds like a mental breakdown with psychosis. This book is long out of print, but worth finding in a library, if you are interested to learn some personal history about a prominent 20th century surrealist woman painter. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:A stunning work of memoir and an unforgettable depiction of the brilliance and madness by one of Surrealism's most compelling figures

In 1937 Leonora Carringtonlater to become one of the twentieth centurys great painters of the weird, the alarming, and the wildwas a nineteen-year-old art student in London, beautiful and unapologetically rebellious. At a dinner party, she met the artist Max Ernst. The two fell in love and soon departed to live and paint together in a farmhouse in Provence. 

In 1940, the invading German army arrested Ernst and sent him to a concentration camp. Carrington suffered a psychotic break. She wept for hours. Her stomach became the mirror of the earthof all worlds in a hostile universeand she tried to purify the evil by compulsively vomiting. As the Germans neared the south of France, a friend persuaded Carrington to flee to Spain. Facing the approach of robots, of thoughtless, fleshless beings, she packed a suitcase that bore on a brass plate the word Revelation.

This was only the beginning of a journey into madness that was to end with Carrington confined in a mental institution, overwhelmed not only by her own terrible imaginings but by her doctors sadistic course of treatment. In Down Below she describes her ordealin which the agonizing and the marvelous were equally combinedwith a startling, almost impersonal precision and without a trace of self-pity. Like Daniel Paul Schrebers Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, Down Below brings the hallucinatory logic of madness home.

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