Patrick McGrath – Asylum

Mediocre Loves

Psychiatrist Peter Cleve’s clinical eye observes, with apparent professional detachment, the deranged love story between Stella Raphael, the wife of a criminal asylum’s deputy manager, and Edgar Stark, a patient who’s there for killing his wife. But tragedy is behind the corner.

The plot is a mediocre psycho love drama, skilfully and smartly set up, with a predictable ending and too many coups de theatre. The only true surprise comes up too late.
In this penny dreadful, McGrath reminds more of a marketing expert rather than a good writer, which explains the popularity of Asylum and its huge commercial success.

Translation by Sara Di Girolamo

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Heiko H. Caimi
Heiko H. Caimi, born in 1968, is a writer, screenwriter, poet and teacher of fiction writing. He has collaborated as an author with publishers Mondadori, Tranchida, Abrigliasciolta and others. He has taught at the Egea bookshop of Bocconi University in Milan and several other schools, libraries and associations in Italy and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has been editorial director of the literature magazine Inkroci. He is one of the founders and organizers of the traveling literary festival Libri in Movimento. He collaborates with the news magazine "InPrimis" keeping the column "Pages in a minute" and with the blog of the writer Barbara Garlaschelli "Sdiario". He published the novel "I predestinati" (The Predestined, Prospero, 2019) and edited the anthology of short stories "Oltre il confine. Storie di migrazione" (Over the border. Migration stories, Prospero, 2019).