Yesterday's review, below, was quite inadequate - I'll leave it, since I'm too lazy currently to post a proper one. But let me add two points. First this book presents an astonishing -- and astonishingly sober -- picture of the inner life of a schizophrenic, something about which Glauser himself was well informed. That he could write with such clarity about his own hallucinatory states is quite amazing. 2) The book contains, though very subtly, a political allegory -- as Matto's realm is ultimately shown to be (or to include) Hitler's Germany. Despite my criticsm, infra, this is *definitely* a book to read.
(This is an excellent book - intelligent, moody -- though it took me about 90 pages to realizes how much it had to offer. I actually give it a bit less than 5-stars, as I did not like or get (as another reviewer also noted) the ending.)