Magazine article New Internationalist

The Unmapped Country

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Unmapped Country

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The Unmapped Country by Ann Quin (And Other Stories, ISBN 978 1 911508 144)

Readers familiar with the 2010 film Howl will nod their heads in recognition if I say that Ann Quin's writing, as showcased in The Unmapped Country, is reminiscent of the urgent, rhythmic recital within that film of Allen Ginsberg's poem: 'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness...' Quin, who suffered devastating periods of mental illness and committed suicide in 1973 at the age of 37, is no longer a household name, despite having been a cult writer in the 1960s. The release of this collection will introduce her writing to a new audience, who will discover that it tackles issues just as relevant today.

Quin's experimental narrative style, as much as her themes of disorientation and disillusion, places her alongside the Beat writers as a British representative of a counterculture generation dissatisfied with the mundanity and materialism of the modern world and the lack of opportunities afforded it. …

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