The Asylum of Dr. Caligari (Paperback)

By James Morrow

Tachyon Publications, 9781616962654, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 20, 2017

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Description

"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 novel Towing Jehovah, the Nebula Award-winning novella Shambling Towards Hiroshima, and the New York Times Notable Book Blameless in Abaddon. His novels include The Last Witchfinder, hailed by the Washington Post as "literary magic," and The Philosopher's Apprentice, which received a rave reviews from mutliple outlets, including the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. Morrow is a master of the satiric and the surreal who has enjoyed comparison with Twain, Vonnegut, and Updike. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.