• Privileged Consciousness
  • Young writers are often expected to approach life without mercy, but Esther Gerritsen approaches the world with extreme care. Her characters are overwhelmed by that world and seek a logic to understand more. The title story “Privileged Consciousness” – a term derived from Oliver Sacks – is about human beings giving higher meaning to that which is incomprehensible. Like the medieval nun Hildegard von Bingen. She had visions, sent to her by God himself. According to neurologists studying her visions, Hildegard suffered from migraine: her visions were hallucinations. But her “privileged consciousness” gave her life a higher meaning.

  • ‘A striking debut.’

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