THE CARPATHIANS – Novel by Janet Frame, the woman who did not want to live the human world under false pretenses

There is no past or future. Using tenses to divide time is like making chalk marks on water

This town is home to Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. Archaeological evidence, points to the area having been inhabited by Māori, prior to the European arrival. Its urban area lies on the central-eastern coast of Otago, and Its name comes from Dùn Èideann (the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh). The harbour and hills around Dunedin represent the remnants of an extinct volcano. Dunedin has a public art gallery, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. If you like, there are also several more experimental art spaces (such as the Blue Oyster Gallery, in Dowling Street. On the Writers’ Walk (on the Octagon), you can discover the memorial plaque dedicated to Janet Frame.

The owls do cry, it was her debut novel in 1957. Following years of psychiatric hospitalisation, she was scheduled for a lobotomy, cancelled, when her début publication of short stories was awarded a national literary prize. Her celebrity derived from her dramatic personal history (as well as her literary career). NENE JANET PATERSON CLUTHA was born in a August day, 1924 in Dunedin (in the south-east of New Zealand’s South Island). She was a New Zealand author (under the name Janet Frame), that wrote novels and poetry. She left New Zealand in late 1956, lived and worked in Europe, with brief sojourns to Ibiza. In an effort to alleviate the ill effects of her years spent in psychiatric hospitals, she began therapy sessions. She died in Dunedin in 2004, shortly after becoming one of the first recipients of the New Zealand “Icon” award. The Carpathians is her last novel (published in her lifetime in 1988).

Reading The Carpathians, you can discover that the protagonist she is a wealthy New Yorker. She decides to fly to New Zealand to visit a rural town, where an magical flower grow. Once there, she rents a house where, posing as a novelist, she sets out to record the lives of her new neighbours. Eventually, the town begins to resemble a cemetery. As she begins to unravel the secrets of Kowhai Street she discover a mysterious presence.

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