The Faculty of Dreams
Translator: Deborah Bragan-Turner
Author: Sara Stridsberg
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Year of Publication: 2019
“I’ll give you some advice if you’re sad, because the story ends here. Invite home a ragged girl panhandler who needs somewhere to sleep and something to eat … Stop in the subway and talk to the psychotic hookers … Ask where she comes from, what she needs, what you can help with, what she has in her notes…”
In April 1988, Valerie Solanas – the writer and radical feminist, who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol – was discovered dead in her hotel room. She was 52, alone, penniless and surrounded by the typed pages of her last writings.
Stridsberg reconstructs her life through imagined conversations and monologues and gives a powerful and heartbreaking voice to the enigmatic woman who wrote The SCUM Manifesto.
Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019.