Secret Life of Lazlo, Count Dracula

Secret Life of Lazlo, Count Dracula

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by Roderick Anscombe
     
 
In his mesmerizing fictional debut, psychiatrist Roderick Anscombe creates a stunning reinvention of the classic Dracula myth. In sweeping prose, this epic delves into the fevered mind of a man living two lives--a public healer and a private monster whose tormented psyche draws him into a world of violent emotion, bloodlust, and self-loathing. Author media. HC:

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In his mesmerizing fictional debut, psychiatrist Roderick Anscombe creates a stunning reinvention of the classic Dracula myth. In sweeping prose, this epic delves into the fevered mind of a man living two lives--a public healer and a private monster whose tormented psyche draws him into a world of violent emotion, bloodlust, and self-loathing. Author media. HC: Hyperion.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anscombe, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, takes the recent trend toward the humanization of vampires the final step, making the Dracula of his subtle, consuming fiction debut a mortal man. A Hungarian medical student in Paris when he starts this diary in 1866, the inexperienced Laszlo becomes infatuated with a sensual patient at the Salpetriere hospital. Passion turns to fury, bringing the affair to a deadly end, but Laszlo escapes when he is rushed back to Hungary on the death of his elder brother. Now Count Dracula, Laszlo marries his brother's saintly widow and manages to cling to an ascetic life for 20 years until a local girl reawakens his lethal passions. Protected by his hereditary status and a new role as savior when a typhoid epidemic threatens the village, Laszlo pursues the shadowy connection of sex and violence until it becomes the inescapable union of petite mort and mort , love and murder. His motivations are not psychological banalities but something more mythic--the need for an absolute possession that unites the bestial and the divine. Nor is Laszlo insane: he recognizes the ``familiar moral landmarks'' and is surprised when he ignores them. Well written with a swift plot and moral and psychological complexity, Anscombe's novel is an engrossing read all the way through to its macabre climax and ambiguous finale. $150,000 ad/promo. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternate; author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
In this stunning first novel, psychiatrist Anscombe breathes new life and fire into the timeworn legend of Dracula. Laszlo, the 19th-century Hungarian Count Dracula, is not a supernatural creature of the night but rather an entirely human, socially prominent gentleman who has studied in Paris. Unfortunately, this cultured fellow has a mad, dark side, and when he allows himself to explore his fascination with blood, sex, and death he turns into a demoniac murderer. Amazingly, as Laszlo recounts his violent story of lust and self-loathing, he emerges as a perverse but not entirely unsympathetic character. Anscombe has done a masterful job of fusing character development, historical detail, and action in this lush, erotic novel. Sure to be popular with Anne Rice's fans, this is appropriate for any fiction collection. Highly recommended.-Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, Ind.

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ISBN-13:
9780061009433
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Pages:
480

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Secret Life of Lazlo, Count Dracula 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book, delves into the life of the Brother of a Hungarian Count studying abroad in Paris who has quite a twisted yet believable persona. He eventually inherits the title of Count and straitens out, but eventually returns to the old hat of being demented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was compelling and lush. I loved going into this story knowing what was to come but being able to read about Lazlo's life before he became a killer. His morale was quite astonishing and is amazing to think that his character was so human and I really felt sorry for him instead of contempt. This book will break your heart in more ways than one, and though he is a cold-blooded killer at times, you will find yourself actually caring about his character. I think that is what truly carried the story, wanting to know what becomes of him. Plus the writing style is so intriguing.