The Asylum of Dr. Caligari (Paperback)

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"No one does history-meets-the-fantastic like Morrow. The Asylum of Dr. Caligari is a great example--Impressionism versus expressionism, psychology in the asylum of 'dreams, ' the weaponization of art, big laughs and big ideas, a wild imagination, and smooth, subtle writing."
--Jeffrey Ford, author of A Natural History of Hell

It is the summer of 1914. As the world teeters on the brink of the Great War, a callow American painter, Francis Wyndham, arrives at a renowned European insane asylum, where he begins offering art therapy under the auspices of Alessandro Caligari--sinister psychiatrist, maniacal artist, alleged sorcerer. And determined to turn the impending cataclysm to his financial advantage, Dr. Caligari will--for a price--allow governments to parade their troops past his masterpiece: a painting so mesmerizing it can incite entire regiments to rush headlong into battle.

The Asylum of Dr. Caligari is a timely tale that is by turns funny and erotic, tender and bayonet-sharp--but ultimately emerges as a love letter to that mysterious, indispensable thing called art.

About the Author


James Morrow is the author of the World Fantasy Award-winning Towing Jehovah, the New York Times Notable Book Blameless in Abaddon, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning Shambling Towards Hiroshima. His most recent novels include The Madonna and the Starship , The Last Witchfinder, hailed by the Washington Post as "literary magic," and The Philosopher's Apprentice, which received a rave review from Entertainment Weekly. A master of satiric and the surreal, Morrow has enjoyed comparison with Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Updike. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania with a collection of Lionel trains and a rapidly growing library of DVDs of questionable taste.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781616962654
ISBN-10: 1616962658
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Pages: 192
Language: English

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