Outside the Dog MuseumJonathan Carroll
British Fantasy Award 1992, World Fantasy Award nominee 1992.
Harry Radcliffe is a brilliant prize-winning architect – a very witty and remarkable man. He is also a self-serving opportunist, ready to take advantage of whatever situations – and women – come his way. After all, ”geniuses” are allowed to do anything.
But now Harry is being wooed and pursued by the extremely wealthy Sultan of Saru, who wants him to design a very special building. For the Sultan has one towering passion – dogs. And, fearing imminent assassination, he wants to build the ultimate reverential monument in the form of a billion-dollar Dog Museum.
Harry is profoundly uninterested in anything so bizarre... yet he has reached a strange point in his life, the aftermath of a recent divorce, an inexplicable nervous breakdown and the complexities of juggling with the affections of two strong-minded women.
Then occurs a devastating earthquake, and suddenly the way seems clear. On his arrival in Saru he learns that the Sultan is no more, but his son and heir wants the project to continue... not now in the Arabian desert, but in a remote corner of the Austrian Alps.
Once work begins, Harry's interest and then obsession grow, for this will be his ultimate triumph. But little does Radcliffe realize what he is now in the process of creating. As the powers of magic weave themselves around him, the implications of his strange undertaking grow ever more ominous and astounding...
From a world-renowned master of fantastical fiction and sheer inventiveness, a novel to provoke the mind and haunt the imagination.
Jonathan Carroll was born in 1949 in New York City. He graduated from university in 1971 and got married in the same year. He moved to Vienna, Austria a few years later and began teaching. His first novel was The Land of Laughs (1980).
Carroll's short story, ”Friend's Best Man”, won a World Fantasy Award. Carroll's work has been short-listed for that award, the Hugo, and the British Fantasy Award, which he won for the novel Outside the Dog Museum. His collection of short-stories, The Panic Hand, won the Bram Stoker Award in 1995 for Best Collection.
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