Abbildung: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Abbildung: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Introduced by John Sutherland, illustrated by David Hughes, bound in buckram, blocked with a design by David Hughes, set in Haarlemmer, 328 pages, frontispiece, 6 colour illustrations and 7 monotone integrated illustrations. 9" x 6¼ "..

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‘You never can tell when just that certain one might come in who’s free enough to foul things up right and left, really make a hell of a mess and constitute a threat to the whole smoothness of the outfit.’ Chief Bromden is a downtrodden inmate in a mental institution run by the doll-faced Nurse Ratched and her team of aides. Then a new Admission appears: Randle Patrick McMurphy, transferred from a prison ward. A ‘hassler’ and a dangerous free thinker, McMurphy soon challenges the status quo, and a fight for supremacy begins.

Ken Kesey had himself experienced the dark side of America’s psychiatric institutions. While working as a night aide in a mental hospital, he witnessed controversial treatments such as electroshock therapy and lobotomy. He also took LSD as part of a trial run by the CIA, and described the experience as an ‘eye-opener’, saying that he could truly ‘see into people’ for the first time. Kesey wrote parts of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest while under the influence of mescaline, which partly accounts for its wild narrative panache. Above all it is a harrowing, and challenging, examination of all our notions of freedom, sanity, and social control.

The Oscar-winning film adaptation of 1975 sealed the story’s legacy, but with characteristic disdain for the Hollywood machine, Kesey claimed never to have seen it. In a brilliant introduction, John Sutherland shows how Kesey, like his fellow traveller Jack Kerouac, ‘picked up what was in the air’ of 1960s America, and made it into art. David Hughes, a great fan of the work, has created illustrations that echo Kesey’s anarchic energy. The lettering on the grey cloth binding was handwritten by the artist; bright yellow endpapers and head- and tailbands provide the finishing touches.

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