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By Rahla Xenopoulos

In 1992, Rahla Xenopoulos used to be clinically determined with bipolar sickness. regardless of the devastating analysis, she sought schooling on her illness. even supposing she chanced on an abundance of literature on quite a few psychological health problems, none of it appeared appropriate to her. this example encouraged her to put in writing a e-book chronicling her ongoing efforts to return to phrases with a affliction that's, in impact, a lifestyles sentence. The ebook recounts her upbringing in an eccentric, loving Jewish kin, her fight with bulimia, anorexia and self-mutilation, her makes an attempt at suicide, discovering real love and, eventually, the 'crazy, totally unpredictable event of giving delivery to triplets'. this can be neither a self-help publication nor a med­ical consultant. studying this e-book won't remedy a person; bipolar affliction is a protracted ailment. however it did support Rahla – because it will numerous others – 'to comprehend the rhythm within the cacophony of this condition'.

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There were Chinese lanterns in the garden and pale, shiny worms made out of meringue, with liquorice feelers. Each of my siblings did different activities with the guests, and at the end Livicky and Daddy, all dressed up, danced a waltz together. Livicky was never the old woman who lived in a shoe; she always knew precisely what to do with her myriad children. Writing about my mother is an intimidating task, particularly given the fact that she so expressly does not want to be written about. But this is a love story, and love stories are about lives costumed in romance and lit up by fantasy.

Very much against my will, I began to recognise aspects of what he was saying. Maybe there was some truth in this new diagnosis. I’d always had what I thought of as my little ‘idiosyncracies’. People used to laugh at my cupboards, for instance. Rows upon rows of white and gold Chanel boxes (bought during manic shopping binges) categorised into little families. Hosiery, for example. Box one: dancing. Box two: laddered. Box three: black, thick. Box four: pantyhose. Box five: stockings and suspenders.

Daddy paused for effect, as the liberals around the table chuckled out loud. According to Daddy’s story, it had been decided by the mental-health authorities that the emotionally disturbed patient would be safer in Belgium than in South Africa, with its immoral laws. To ease his own passage through bureaucracy, Daddy had written an official letter on his own behalf: ‘Dr Fenster is escorting a highly disturbed patient to his place of origin. Any help you can provide him with in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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