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ISBN13: 9780679781387
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From our most celebrated writer of the psychological thriller comes this nerve-wracking yet eerily beautiful work of erotic obsession and madness.

In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting — a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Beautiful and headstrong, Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant and magnetic sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues — a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

Review:

"Superb....Asylum is McGrath's most somber and most realistic book, and also his best." The New Yorker

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"In every other respect...the book is hypnotizing, with its own strange but darkly convincing pace and style; and the way in which nature and climate are woven into the fabric of the bizarre couple's strange love is masterly." Publishers Weekly

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"A contemporary master of highbrow gothic fiction....[A] truly complex (but never obscure) novel. McGrath, always a worthy descendant of Poe, here takes things a level higher — producing fiction in the tradition of Henry James." Kirkus Reviews

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"A virtuoso of contrast, McGrath wields a cleverly modernized form of Victorianism, precise and stately, to render scenes of unsettling and suspenseful eroticism..." Booklist

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"[S]tylish...should only add to [McGrath's] reputation as the leader of the neo-Gothic pack....[O]utrageously fun. Smart, frightening, funny and surprisingly affecting, McGrath's latest elevates the psychiatric case-study to high art." Salon.com

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"Taut, tension-filled...a chilling story that works as both a Freudian parable and an old-fashioned gothic shocker." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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"Beautifully written, morally complex, utterly convincing." People

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"A book as absorbing as it is intelligent....The story of this love affair unfolds like a dream into a nightmare — the characters move relentlessly toward their tragic end with desire raging like a fire, gathering strength and destroying everything and everyone in it spath." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters), Natasha Richardson (The Handmaid's Tale), and Marton Csokas (The Bourne Supremacy), with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick Marber (Closer).

About the Author

Patrick McGrath was born in London and grew up near Broadmoor Hospital, where for many years his father was a medical superintendent. He is the author of Blood and Water and Other Tales, The Grotesque, Spider, and Dr. Haggard's Disease, and he was the co-editor, with Bradford Morrow, of The New Gothic. He lives in New York City and London and is married to the actress Maria Aitken.

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Kimberly Richardson, December 29, 2008 (view all comments by Kimberly Richardson)
First rate psychological thriller! This is the first time I have read Patrick McGrath but I am now a fan for life.
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Creepy and atmospheric..... In a good way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679781387
Author:
McGrath, Patrick
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
England
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Psychiatric hospitals
Subject:
Sex addiction
Subject:
Psychiatric hospital patients
Subject:
Psychiatrists' spouses
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;gothic;mental illness;horror;thriller;novel;psychiatry;obsession;england;british;insanity;adultery;mental health;romance;literature;1950s;historical fiction;psychological thriller;english
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
March 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.03x5.23x.61 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679781387 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Superb....Asylum is McGrath's most somber and most realistic book, and also his best."
"Review" by , "In every other respect...the book is hypnotizing, with its own strange but darkly convincing pace and style; and the way in which nature and climate are woven into the fabric of the bizarre couple's strange love is masterly."
"Review" by , "A contemporary master of highbrow gothic fiction....[A] truly complex (but never obscure) novel. McGrath, always a worthy descendant of Poe, here takes things a level higher — producing fiction in the tradition of Henry James."
"Review" by , "A virtuoso of contrast, McGrath wields a cleverly modernized form of Victorianism, precise and stately, to render scenes of unsettling and suspenseful eroticism..."
"Review" by , "[S]tylish...should only add to [McGrath's] reputation as the leader of the neo-Gothic pack....[O]utrageously fun. Smart, frightening, funny and surprisingly affecting, McGrath's latest elevates the psychiatric case-study to high art."
"Review" by , "Taut, tension-filled...a chilling story that works as both a Freudian parable and an old-fashioned gothic shocker."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written, morally complex, utterly convincing."
"Review" by , "A book as absorbing as it is intelligent....The story of this love affair unfolds like a dream into a nightmare — the characters move relentlessly toward their tragic end with desire raging like a fire, gathering strength and destroying everything and everyone in it spath."
"Synopsis" by , Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters), Natasha Richardson (The Handmaid's Tale), and Marton Csokas (The Bourne Supremacy), with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick Marber (Closer).
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