Madness : A Bipolar Life
by Marya Hornbacher
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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Marya Hornbacher’s personal experience of living with bipolar disorder is a deeply moving and unshakeable furnace.From the age of six, Marya Hornbacher knew that something was wrong with her, manifested in anorexia and bulimia which she documented in her successful `Gaspillage’ memoryBut it was only eighteen years later that she learned the real reason for her distress: bipolar disorder.In this news, just as raw and frank counts, Marya Hornbacher tells the story of her ongoing battle with this more numerous and devastating mental illnesses; how, as she says it, “he slipped on me like a vine, sending temporary shoots into my childhood, taking deeper root in my adolescence, growing stronger in early adulthood, finally covering my body and face until I was unrecognizable, trapped, immobilized”.She tells the flight of highs and erase the lows of her condition; the wild moodswings and impossible tensions she placed on her relationships; the physical danger he sometimes put her in; the endless cycle of illness and recoveryShe also addresses aspects of the bipolar disorder paradox – how she has been at the origin of some of her most creative work and the reality of a life lived in limbo, “caught between the world of the crazy and the world of the reasonable”.But to torment him all the documents, it is a book on survival, on living day to day with bipolar disorder – the constant tower of therapy and medication and managementAs well as his own very personal way of the story, the book includes interviews with family, spouses and friends of sick people, people who help their loved ones practiceVisceral and source of inspiration, lyrical and sometimes even funny, the “Folie” which will take its place alongside other classics of the genre like “Une Fureur de l’Esprit” and “Girl, interrupted'”.
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