The Faculty of Dreams by Sara Stridsberg

A stunning, shocking novel, bringing to life one of the most controversial, forgotten and fascinating characters of second-wave feminism.


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In The Faculty of Dreams, 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, and the mental hospitals where she was interned.

In April 1988, Valerie Solanas – the writer, radical feminist and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol – was discovered dead in her hotel room, in a grimy corner of San Francisco. She was only 52; alone, penniless and surrounded by the typed pages of her last writings.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.

The Faculty of Dreams was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019.

Weight313 g
Dimensions210 × 138 × 20 mm



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Author Sara StridsbergSara Stridsberg, born in 1972, is a writer and playwright. Her first novel Happy Sally was published in 2004, and her break-through came two years later with the publication of The Faculty of Dreams, her second novel, which was published in English translation in 2019. This was followed by Darling River, in 2010, and The Gravity of Love in 2014. Her most recent novel, The Antarctica of Love, was published in Sweden in 2018, and will be published by MacLehose Press in 2020. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious August Prize three times, most recently in 2012 for her collection of plays, Medealand and other plays. In 2016, she became the youngest member of the Swedish Academy, and only the tenth woman ever to be elected. She left the Academy in 2018, in solidarity with Sara Danius. Sara Stridsberg lives in Stockholm.



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