A brilliantly original self-portrait by one of the greatest magicians of fiction . . .
Austere and ornamental, ignoring conventional chronology and linking associated fragments to create Proustian deviations, this absorbing autobiography is a singularly penetrating act of self-scrutiny and a cold, uncompromising stare into the mirror of an artist's life. A hybrid being emerges of rare perception and acid experience; family, friends, places are landscapes of hell, heaven and purgatory in this Nobel Prize winner's fertile imagination.