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"There are galaxies within the human mind, and madness wants to risk everything for the daring flight, reckless and beautiful and crazed. Everyone knows Icarus fell.But I love him for the fact that he dared to fly. Mania unfurls the invitation to fly too high, too near the sun..."
Tristimania is a stark and lyrical account of the psyche in crisis. It tells the story of a devastating year-long episode of manic depression, culminating in a long solo pilgrimage across Spain. The book is rare in recording the experience of mania and shows how the condition is at once terrifying and also profoundly creative, both tricking and treating the psyche. In exploring its literary influence, Griffiths looks at Shakespeare's work, and examines the Trickster role, tracing its mercuriality through the character of Mercury. An intimate, raw journey, the book illuminates something of the universal human spirit.
Jay Griffiths won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for nest new non-fiction to be published in the US for her first book A Sideways Look at Time. Her second book, Wild: An Elemental Journey, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing and for the World Book Day Award, and won the inaugural 2007 Orion Book Award in the US. Her fiction includes Anarchipelago and A Love Letter From a Stray Moon. She lives in Wales.