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Debut novel taking place in a psychiatric ward depicting an artistic vision of the city drug scene in this urban legend told by queer and anarchist Matilda. Matilda rejects social norms or status, choosing to be a loser and despising work as slavery. She questions her identity on an open scale, experiencing gender-fluid spectrum but also her own role played in filmed with her eye like camera perspective registering details of her explorations. She never pays for a ticket, enjoying free ride where she pleases, her fearless hitchhike which is as well personal pilgrimage across borders and dimensions, but a raw account of the old school solo trip in survival mode of her physical power charged by endless life energy is a reason for spiritual growth on the road. Like a gypsy, like a walker-writer, she enjoys life on the road. Rebels against corrections of disorders in institutions, which gives meaning to the title of the book as a salute to the oppressed by a system. A psychological study of addictions filters dark, paranoid tropes of mental struggles, personal experiences which inspired prose fueled by amphetamines Matilda's abuse chasing the best highs on polish speed she is sentimental about, her drug use speeds up the pace of narrative giving graphic visions and expanding the perception of mind projecting later psychotic reality.

  • Author Bio

    Aleks Koval is a Polish born writer, living and writing in Bristol, UK. Graduated Polish Philology in Silesian University in 2010. Published poetry 'Nuthouse Episode' in 2018, novella 'City & Mind: Coda' in 2021, and novel 'Explosives Under Special Supervision' in 2021. Works as a peer mentor in an organization helping the homeless in Bristol.

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