The year is 1941, and Hitler’s armies have swept across Europe. Nora, a budding young Surrealist artist, has fled to Mexico with B.B., a much older and acclaimed Surrealist playwright down on his luck. Hundreds of European artists and writers have formed a colony in Mexico City, and Nora befriends Valencia, a fellow Surrealist artist and refugee. Together the friends explore Jungian psychology and the power of symbols in their Art. But Nora is plagued by an abusive relationship with B.B. She embarks on a harrowing journey deep into her own troubled psyche.
The story was inspired by the lives of the brilliant visionary Surrealist artists Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington. A list of Sources follows the story.
The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria was published in the acclaimed anthology Full Spectrum 5 (Bantam), which also included stories by Karen Joy Fowler, Neal Stephenson, and Jonathan Lethem.
The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria is on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle.
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