paperback, 104 pages, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 in
Publication Date: 2011
A fragmented notebook investigates mental illness and trauma in the South Asian diaspora
Schizophrene traces the intersections of migration and mental illness as they unfold in post-Partition diasporic communities. Bhanu Kapil brings forward the question of a healing narrative and explores trauma and place through a somatic, poetic and cross-cultural psychiatric enquiry. Who was here? Who will never be here? Who has not yet arrived and never will? Towards an arrival without being, this notebook-book return a body to a site, the shards re-forming in mid-air: for an instant.
“Poignant, rich, delicious, a book to return to again and again.” —Gail Scott