Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
ISBN 10: 0679736395
ISBN 13: 978-0679736394
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN 10: 0679643524
ISBN 13: 978-0679643524
A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.
In 1985 William Styron fell victim to a crippling and almost suicidal depression, the same illness that took the lives of , and . That Styron survived his descent into madness is something of a miracle. That he manages to convey its tortuous progression and his eventual recovery with such candor and precision makes Darkness Visible a rare feat of literature, a book that will arouse a shock of recognition even in those readers who have been spared the suffering it describes.
A chilling yet hopeful report from a mental wilderness into which one in ten Americans disappears...enlightening...fascinating. -- Chicago Sun-Times
Compelling...harrowing...a vivid portrait of a debilitating disorder...it offers the solace of shared experience. -- The New York Times