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THE FACULTY OF DREAMS

Sara Stridsberg

  • Original Title: DROMFAKULTETEN
  • Publication date: January 2006
  • Publisher: ALBERT BONNIERS FORLAG
  • Country: SE
  • 364 print pages
  • Biopics

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Inequality, Violence, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character, Fanaticism, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

Pitch

A novel about Valerie Solanas, the woman who will go down in history for writing the ultra-feminist manifesto SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) in the sixties and who later, after having tried to co-operate with Andy Warhol, shot and seriously injured him.

Comments

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019
Winner of the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize 2007

Translation rights sold: UK. OPtion in 17 countries, including Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, ...

THE FACULTY OF DREAMS is not a biography, but a literary fantasy based on the late American Valerie Solanas’ life and work. Little factual information is known about Valerie Solanas, and this novel does not take even this information into account. All the characters who appear in the novel must therefore be regarded as fictional, including Valerie Solanas.

Sara Stridsberg is a Swedish writer and playwright. She has been shortlisted to the prestigious August Prize three times.

Summary

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.

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.

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 voice to the writer of the infamous SCUM MANIFESTO.

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  • Author’s biography

    Sara Stridsberg (born 1972) is a Swedish 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.

    In addition to The Nordic Council Literature Prize, that she received in 2007, she has been shortlisted to the prestigious August Prize three times, as late as in 2012 for her collection of plays, MEDEALAND and other plays.