Like Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, The Noonday Demon digs deep into personal history, as Andrew Solomon narrates, brilliantly and terrifyingly, his own agonising experience of depression. Solomon also portrays the pain of others, in different cultures and societies whose lives have been shattered by depression and uncovers the historical, social, biological, chemical and medical implications of this crippling disease. He takes us through the halls of mental hospitals where some of his subjects have been imprisoned for decades; into the research labs; to the burdened and afflicted poor, rural and urban. He talks to faith healers and voyages around the world in a quest for folk wisdom. He analyses the medications of today as well as reviewing the politics of diagnosis and treatment and, perhaps most significantly, he looks at the vital role of will and love in the process of recovery.
'Depression is a country that the undepressed can't enter, but Solomon...bends all his energy and talent as a writer to sending us snapshots from this terrifying land.' Nicci Gerard, The Observer.
'As wide-ranging as it is incisive, this astonishing work is a testimony both to the muted suffering of millions and to the great courage it must have taken the author to set his mind against it.' W. G. Sebald.
This 2002 paperback edition is in a reasonable, used condition. The cover has faint scratches and marks, the spine is cracked and the top corner of the back cover has been turned over. The book block is yellowing but the text is clear and unblemished.