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Naomi Frears – a painting for Ice

The new edition of Anna Kavan’s Ice features the brushwork of British artist Naomi Frears. In the painting Wish You Were Here the brightness of her female figure seems ready to fade into the desolate black background which, cracked and vaporous, might describe … Continue reading

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Fraser Taylor – Peculiarities

Of all the titles available in the Cased Classics series, it is Yukio Mishima’s Confessions of a Mask which arguably features the most abstract and conceptual work of art beneath the dust jacket. The work comes from the series Peculiarities … Continue reading

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Kaye Donachie – a painting for The Ice Palace

Beneath the dust jacket of the new edition of The Ice Palace is a painting by the London-based artist Kaye Donachie. You might be surprised to learn that Donachie’s painting was not specially commissioned for the novel about the furtive relationship … Continue reading

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An extract from The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas.

Unn sets off alone to explore the ice palace   The trip to see the ice had been discussed at school during the past few days. Unn had not taken part in it but had heard enough to know what … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Siddhartha’s Weaknesses

PICO IYER   ‘I can think, I can wait, I can fast.’ As an innocent fifteen-year-old, incarcerated in a fifteenth-century boarding-school in suburban Berkshire, I scribbled down those words upon my first encounter with Siddhartha and felt transformed. How could … Continue reading

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Christopher Priest on Ice

Anna Kavan’s Ice was first published by Peter Owen in 1967. Today it is hailed as a classic of science fiction and an influential work of the ‘slipstream’ genre. A new hardback edition celebrates the enduring significance of this short and … Continue reading

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