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Dr Alistair Brown
Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Hospital Visit

Wheeled between the groans of the undecided
And the space of the discharged
Is this where you stop?

The circle starts, the circle ends,
In infirmity,
At this station of rhythm
Where twice bleat beats
When one is beaten, beaten out.

Laid back, your eyes roam the plain
As if to look up, is the new forwards.
No wonder now you look back.

In this rightened angle the clotted tangle
Of wires and sound lashes you down.
Is the anglerís hook dangling dangerously,
Grey fish?

Hereís the answer, in white.
The station-master is coming round.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: hospital, illness, doctor, death

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