Of God and Madness: A Historical Novel

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Of God And Madness is the fictional story of Adam, an emotionally troubled young man, whose spiritual journey enables him to become a godly adult. Adam is a child of a Jewish woman, a palace concubine, and the last of the Ottoman sultans. Raised in palatial surroundings by a French Catholic governess, Adam was exposed to the teachings of all three of the religions of Abraham, as he was tutored by an Armenian Christian music teacher, a Muslim Imam, and a Jewish Rabbi. In this intriguing saga, which spans the first...
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Overview

Of God And Madness is the fictional story of Adam, an emotionally troubled young man, whose spiritual journey enables him to become a godly adult. Adam is a child of a Jewish woman, a palace concubine, and the last of the Ottoman sultans. Raised in palatial surroundings by a French Catholic governess, Adam was exposed to the teachings of all three of the religions of Abraham, as he was tutored by an Armenian Christian music teacher, a Muslim Imam, and a Jewish Rabbi. In this intriguing saga, which spans the first fifty years of the last century, Adam, while attempting to maintain his own precarious sanity, comes of age during the tumultuous end of the Ottoman Empire. Ensnared by the havoc created by World War I in Istanbul and World War II in Paris, as well as by the turmoil in Jerusalem during the final years of the British rule, Adam struggles to make sense of God. This is the story of a person who began searching for God and ended up finding himself, redeeming his spiritual journey. At the end of his quest, Adam sublimely affirms: "God believes in me. I want to love."

About the Author
T. Byram Karasu, M.D., Silverman Professor and the University Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Montefiore Medical Center, is the author or editor of fifteen books, including the seminal Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders and two best sellers, The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness. He is currently the editor in chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Karasu is a scholar, renowned clinician, teacher, and lecturer, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychiatric Association's Presidential Commendation. He lives in New York City and Westport, Connecticut.

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Editorial Reviews

Deepak Chopra
What a provocative and evocative work!

Dr. Karasu continues to astound the reader with his imagination and originality! Each page is a marvel. His book, Of God and Madness, is a magnificent culmination of the spiritual trilogy he began with his earlier books, The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness. Of God and Madness speaks with brilliant eloquence to the universal nature of yearnings for the soulful and spiritual, and challenges the reader most profoundly. This deeply moving book is a passionate tour-de-force of faith and psyche and a captivatingly transformative journey.

Gary Zukav
A masterpiece! Of God and Madness made me laugh, cry, and cherish every moment of my life. T. Byram Karasu is a master storyteller, a brilliant writer, and a tender guide into the mystery, depth, and power of love. Don't miss this book.
Marcella Bakur Weiner
Of God and Madness is more than just an exquisite read. It is a breathtaking experience of our quest for the meaning of meaning. Often hilarious, a book for our times, Dr. Karasu's unfolding of a life journey can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding and achieve serenity and fullness in our own lives. His passion and eloquence engages our hearts and souls with every word. I could not put it down. Neither will you.
Vamik Volkan
What a beautiful and fascinating book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Even readers who are not versed in Ottoman history and culture will be enthralled by Adam's extraordinary story.
Vamik Volkan M.D.
What a beautiful and fascinating book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Even readers who are not versed in Ottoman history and culture will be enthralled by Adam's extraordinary story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742546899
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Byram Karasu, M.D.
T. Byram Karasu, M.D., a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, is presently the Silverman Professor and University Chairman of the Deparmtent of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstien College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, and the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy. He is the author or editor of 20 books, including two novels, Of God and Madness and The Gotham Chronicles—The Culture of Sociopathy; a book of poetry, Rags of My Soul; the seminal work, Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders; and two best sellers, The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness. Dr. Karasu is a scholar, renowned clinician, teacher and lecturer, and the recipient of numerous awards. He lives in New York City.

Biography

Renowned throughout the medical community, psychiatrist T. Byram Karasu, M.D. is the Silverman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Sigmund Freud Award and the APA's Presidential Commendation.

Dr. Karasu has published extensively in professional journals and is the author of psychiatric textbooks such as the seminal Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders. He has also written spiritual self-help guides, including the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness; and, in 2009, he published Rags of My Soul, a first book of poetry.

Good To Know

Karasu explained in our interview how he likes to unwind: "I like quietness; I seek sanctuary in places protected from the sounds of civilization. I like to sit still in my garden -- I am a good gardener, hard labor part included -- and I listen to nature, the ultimate teacher. There for hours I do nothing, waiting, not even waiting, just being. At times I touch a flower, I kiss its petals; I try to get very close to bumblebees and butterflies -- a few times their wings hit my eyelashes. In the garden I commune with the birds, insects and vegetation. I feel one with them and whole."

"My other sanctuaries are writing and reading where I converse with myself and with other authors. Reading a minimum of 200 books to writing 1 is a reasonable proportion. Those who write more than they read, tend to rediscover the wheel -- a lower quality of that. Other times I spend time with friends, my alternative home."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Toksoz Karasu, Toksoz B. Karasu, Toksoz Byram Karasu
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York, and Westport, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Erzurum, Turkey
    1. Education:
      University of Istanbul School of Medicine, 1959; Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 1969

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