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A TRIP TO THE ASYLUM

A TRIP TO THE ASYLUM

瘋人院之旅:整個世界就是你的精神病院

* 2021 Golden Comic Award

* 2021 Taipei Book Fair Award

 

What is life like inside a modern residential psychiatric facility? Pam Pam Liu’s graphic novel A Trip to the Asylum peels away the stereotypes to reveal the inner world of psychiatric patients and the painful realities each grapples with while undergoing in-patient treatment.

 


 

What is life like inside a modern residential psychiatric facility? Is it oversedated patients slumped over board games as depicted in 12 Monkeys? Or is it a place of simmering conflict and coercive control, ala One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Pam Pam Liu’s graphic novel A Trip to the Asylum peels away the stereotypes to reveal the inner world of psychiatric patients and the painful realities each grapples with while undergoing in-patient treatment.

 

The story follows a new patient who enters residential care at the suggestion of his sister. With his hand bandaged, and clinging to the idea that “I’ll be out of here before you know it,” he begins to adapt to his surroundings and get to know his fellow patients. He meets a middle-aged man so terrified of life he hopes to never leave the facility, a former entertainment reporter never stops mumbling celebrity gossip, and a teen who struggles with gender identity and social ostracization. Though they appear “crazy” at first glance, each harbors a secret trauma that drives their behaviors, including our reticent protagonist.

 

Ten years in the making, A Trip to the Asylum incorporates author Pam Pam Liu’s personal experiences as well was extensive research into the literature of mental illness, including works such as Erving Goffman’s Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates and Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. With its indy comic aesthetic, absurd humor, and fast pacing, A Trip to the Asylum delivers deep issues in an entertaining package, bringing mental illness out of the shadows and into the realm of relatable, everyday interactions.

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Publisher: Slowork

Date: 6/2020

Pages: 336

Volume: 1 (END)

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