In the midst of World War II, Leonora Carrington's lover, Max Ernst was captured by Nazis and died in a concentration camp. The tragic event caused Carrington's mind to unravel and she ended up being confined to a mental institution. Carrington's memoir is a slim volume and a compelling and horrific portrait of a woman's ordeal after losing a loved one to war. Written in a surreal but accessible prose, it is an essential account that takes you inside the mind of a woman unhinged by tragedy.
Many of us experience depression as a mood of joylessness, disconnection and boredom, which eventually passes. But what Daphne Merkin describes here is more akin to a permanent state of despair. From early childhood she experienced crying jags, feelings of abandonment and emotional impoverishment. She was later institutionalized. Many questions emerge. Why did her parents have so many children, when they clearly had little time for them? Why were the children put into the care of such a sadistic nanny? And where does depression take root in the psyche? This memoir is insightful, intelligent and ruthlessly honest.
After surviving a horrific massacre that no ten year old should have to endure, Sandra became an example of how one can overcome tragedy and start again. She takes you on the journey that led her to become an activist through art and an ambassador for refugees all over the world. Sandra is a real life hero and her story will encourage you to stand up for what is right.