The Rack

Third printing in scarce dustwrapper


A E Ellis, pseud. Derek Lindsay


William Heinemann, London, 1959
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Printing Details

First edition, third printing, hardback in dustwrapper. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 414pp.

“Then consider yourself an experiment of the gods in what a man can endure...” This is the sardonic advice of a doctor to his patient, a young man suffering from tuberculosis in the days before effective antibiotic treatment, and it sets the theme for this brilliant novel. The hero, Paul Davenant, has arrived at a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps with high hopes of a full cure and a normal life. But as the weeks and months pass interminably by, Davenant undergoes endless tests and medical procedures, each more horrific and dehumanizing than the last, all the while facing the possibility that his case may be hopeless. Yet alongside the pain, indignity, and tediousness, there is a sense of the outrageous, farcical side to his situation, the utterly pointless absurdity of it all. And when he falls in love with a fellow patient and becomes determined at last to recover his health, can he succeed, or will all the tortures he has endured have been for nothing?


The book is in good condition, with a few spots of foxing to the page edges. The dustwrapper is tanned to the spine with a few small tears and chips but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.


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