Carrington’s Down Below while unlike her eccentric fiction is itself a horrifically surreal memoir. After her lover the Surrealist Max Ernst is interned in a concentration camp, Carrington has a mental breakdown and is herself committed (by her family no less) to a vicious asylum in Spain. She lucidly describes not only her own mental state but also the terrible medical treatments she endured before her final escape with the help of her old nursemaid arriving via submarine, and her subsequent escape from her before making her way to North America where she would become one of Mexico’s greatest painters. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood
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