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Main Title: The tree of ecstasy and unbearable sadness / Matt Ottley. Book Cover
Author: Ottley, Matt,author,illustrator,composer.
Demasi, Alf, composer.
Statni filharmonie Brno, performer.
Cesky filharmonicky sbor Brno, performer.
Imprint: Orange, NSW : Dirt Lane Press, 2021.
Collation: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations, paperback ; 32 cm + 1 audio disc (12 cm).
Subject: Comics and graphic novels
Mental health
Australian fiction
Pictorial works
Juvenile literature
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Nominations
ISBN: 9780648023852 (hardback)
Music credits: composition/orchestration, Matt Ottley ; guest composition, Alf Demasi.

The Tree of Ecstasy & Unbearable Sadness is an allegorical story of a boy's experience of psychosis, with mental illness represented as a fantastical tree whose flowers are ecstasy and whose fruit is unbearable sadness. Stunning drawings and paintings lead the reader through the boy's early discovery of his strangeness, his surrender to the disease (an all-consuming tree), the ensuing psychotic journey, and eventual self-acceptance. The recording of a full orchestral score composed by the author-illustrator will accompany the book, and an international tour is planned.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Fiction Main Library 823.4 OTT.MAT Available