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Briefing for a Descent into Hell
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date July 14, 2009
Pages 308
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307390615
ISBN-10 0307390616
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In this ambitious novel of madness and release, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Doris Lessing imagines the fantastical "inner-space" life of an amnesiac.

Charles Watkins, a Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, has suffered a breakdown, confined to a mental hospital as his friends and doctors attempt to bring him back to reality. But Watkins has embarked on a tremendous pyschological adventure that takes him from a spinning raft in the Atlantic to a ruined stone city on a tropical island to an outer-space journey through singing planets. As he travels in his mind through memory and the farther reaches of imagination, his doctors try to subdue him with ever more powerful drugs in a competition for his soul. In this provocative novel, Lessing takes us on a harrowing voyage into the rarely glimpsed territory of the inner mind.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780394421988
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (February 1, 1971)
9780394421988 | details & prices | List price $8.95
About: Depicts a professor's fantastic adventure fantasies while undergoing a mental breakdown in a hospital
Paperback
Book cover for 9780307390615 Book cover for 9780394746623 Book cover for 9781400077267
 
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With Doris May Lessing | Reprint edition from Vintage Books (July 14, 2009)
9780307390615 | details & prices | 308 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $16.95
About: In this ambitious novel of madness and release, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Doris Lessing imagines the fantastical "inner-space" life of an amnesiac.
from Vintage Books (September 1, 2003)
9781400077267 | details & prices | 288 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $13.95
About: A fascinating look inside the mind of a man who is supposedly “mad.
from Vintage Books (May 1, 1981)
9780394746623 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $11.00
About: Depicts a professor's fantastic adventure fantasies while undergoing a mental breakdown in a hospital

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