Glömskans bibliotek

- en essä om demens, vansinne och litteratur

The Library of Forgetfulness

- Essays on Dementia, Madness and Literature

by Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson

In Glömskans bibliotek/The Library of Forgetfulness, Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson (UKON), a celebrated poet, psychologist and psychoanalyst, investigates difficult issues on the very border of existence. Through historical case reports, examples taken from his long career of clinical practice, personal anecdotes and literature, UKON discusses the poetic of dementia, the logic of paranoia, trauma vs. language, madness, lobotomy, and the interpretation of dreams. Glömskans bibliotek is a collection of essays both entertaining, insightful and thought provoking.

Shortlisted for the August Prize in the category Best Non-Fiction Book 2016 with the following motivation:
“When the words disappear. With erudition and playfulness, [UKON] deals with madness in relation to language, identity and writing. The text is winding, the mind boggling, through ingenious readings of patient records, screamingly funny stories and horrid experiments. An unusually refreshing book about frightening loss of memory and the threat against the ability to make oneself intelligible.”

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