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Room With Five Walls

The Trials of Victor Hoffman: A Poetic Drama in Two Acts

by (author) Byrna Barclay

NeWest Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2004
General, Mental Illness, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2004
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This two act play explores the failure of the mental health system in the late 1960s and provides insight into paranoid schizophrenia at its extreme through the story of Victor Hoffman, a farm boy who murdered nine members of the Peterson family near Shell Lake, Saskatchewan.

About the author

Byrna Barclay is the awardwinning author of three novels and three short story collections. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She has served as president of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and is currently a board member of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. A strong advocate for mental health reform, she served as the President of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Saskatchewan, was the founding chair of the Mental Health Advisory Council, and is the Editorinchief ofTransition Magazine. The mother of two grown children, she and her husband have made their home in Regina, Saskatchewan since 1962.

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