by Marina Benjamin - £9.99 Scribe Publications (2018)
ISBN 13: 9781911344926 | ISBN 10: 1911344927
"Insomnia reads with the surreal and suspended cadence of those lonely hours in the night that only the sleep-less experience. It is, therefore, a kind and intimate companion to our meandering, agitated, non-knowing, spiritually naked thoughts at such hours. Keep it by your bedside lamp!"
(Sarah Wilson, author of First, We Make the Beast Beautiful)
An intense, lyrical, witty, and humane exploration of a state we too often consider only superficially.
With her new memoir Insomnia
, Marina Benjamin has produced an unsettling account of an unsettling condition that treats our inability to sleep not as a disorder, but as an existential experience that can electrify our understanding of ourselves, and of creativity and love.
is a bravura piece of writing. At once philosophical and poetical, the book ranges widely over history and culture, literature and art, exploring a threshold experience that is intimately involved with trespass and contamination: the illicit importing of day into night. With Insomnia
, Benjamin aims to light up the workings of our inner minds, delivering a startlingly fresh look at what it means to be wakeful in the dark.
(Price & availability last checked: December 2018)