The Alienist

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The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or «alienist». On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan`s infamous brothels.

        The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler`s intellect and Moore`s knowledge of New York`s vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology- amassing a psychological profile of the man they`re looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before. and will kill again before the hunt is over.

Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian`s exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society`s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.

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Caleb Carr (English Caleb Carr) American novelist and military historian. Born August 2, 1955, in Manhattan. Grew up on the Lower East Side. His father was Lucien Carr (1925-2005) - one of the key figures in the literary movement of the beatniks, an associate of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. Caleb Carr graduated from Kenyon College and the City University of New York. Received a bachelor`s degree in military and diplomatic history. For three semesters he taught history at Bard College as a visiting professor. Among his close friends was the historian James Chase (1931-2004), with whom one joint book was published. Carr is best known as the author of the bestselling book The Alienist (1994, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award-1995) and its sequel, Angel of Darkness (1997). From journalism, it is also worth noting the book on the history of terrorism - "The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians" (2002) and the biography of the American mercenary of the 19th century Frederick Townsend Ward - "The Devil Soldier: The Story of Frederick Townsend Ward" (1995 ). Carr is also a frequent contributor to the press on history and contemporary politics, and edits the Quarterly Journal of Military History (MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History). He was invited to compose the book series "Modern Library War Series". He writes plays, actively works in film and television. In particular, Carr has appeared as a guest presenter and commentator on the American Experience and New York Underground programs. He wrote the scripts for the television series Bad Attitudes and The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy, as well as the films Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. Other fiction books include the mystical Sherlokian "Italian Secretary" and the unusual sci-fi thriller "Killing Time" (in Russian translation, called "Killers of the Past"). The writer lives at Misery Mountain Farm in New York State. His books have been translated into over 20 languages. Caleb Carr Here`s what translator and editor Maxim Nemtsov writes about Caleb Carr: Just ten years after Laszlo Kreizler`s friends are New York Times criminal reporter John Skyler Moore (Alienist`s narrator) and whose notes you are about to read , - completed their manuscripts, in 1929 the French critic Régis Messac argued that a detective story is "...

a story dedicated primarily to the methodological and consistent disclosure of the exact circumstances of a mysterious event using rational and scientific means." It would seem that surprisingly exactly this principle was followed by the man who wrote "Alienist" and "Angel of Darkness". In one of his interviews, Caleb Carr admitted that he deliberately invented Dr.

Laszlo Kreizler almost in opposition to the dominant archetype of Sherlock Holmes: this is a character who can unravel what Holmes is unable to unravel - crimes after which there is no physical evidence, or there are too few of them, and the motive may not appear explicitly at all. In other words, crimes that turn out to be wholly and completely products of aberrations of human consciousness. But if you think about it, the "deductive method" is rather mechanistic and boils down to observation, breadth of horizons and poetically figurative courage of thinking: noticing that an unknown man`s right hand is more developed than his left, Sherlock Holmes would rather simply admit that there is a worker in front of him than dig into his past. It would hardly occur to him that, for example, a tennis player from high society might appear in front of him. Or a person whom his father could disfigure in childhood, throwing him down the stairs ...

I must say that Caleb Carr, the "enfant-terribly" of modern American literature (who in principle does not want to be considered a "serious writer", believing that these latter are "personalities , whose narcissism knows no boundaries: they never tire of retelling their personal stories, only slightly modifying them "), like their hero, and in his childhood he himself more than once became a victim of the unbridled character of his father - writer and journalist Lucien Carr. And having matured, in his books about Laszlo Kreizler, he brilliantly turned inside out the old thesis of the French writer Paul Moran that the role of a detective is "...

not to navigate in the shadows of the soul, but to make the puppets move with the impeccable precision of a clockwork." With scientific clarity and accuracy, he plunges the reader into such spiritual and mental darkness that few will be able to find their way back to the light without the help of the author ...

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Caleb Carr (English Caleb Carr) American novelist and military historian. Born August 2, 1955, in Manhattan. Grew up on the Lower East Side. His father was Lucien Carr (1925-2005) - one of the key figures in the literary movement of the beatniks, an associate of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. Caleb Carr graduated from Kenyon College and the City University of New York. Received a bachelor`s degree in military and diplomatic history. For three semesters he taught history at Bard College as a visiting professor. Among his close friends was the historian James Chase (1931-2004), with whom one joint book was published. Carr is best known as the author of the bestselling book The Alienist (1994, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award-1995) and its sequel, Angel of Darkness (1997). From journalism, it is also worth noting the book on the history of terrorism - "The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians" (2002) and the biography of the American mercenary of the 19th century Frederick Townsend Ward - "The Devil Soldier: The Story of Frederick Townsend Ward" (1995 ). Carr is also a frequent contributor to the press on history and contemporary politics, and edits the Quarterly Journal of Military History (MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History). He was invited to compose the book series "Modern Library War Series". He writes plays, actively works in film and television. In particular, Carr has appeared as a guest presenter and commentator on the American Experience and New York Underground programs. He wrote the scripts for the television series Bad Attitudes and The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy, as well as the films Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. Other fiction books include the mystical Sherlokian "Italian Secretary" and the unusual sci-fi thriller "Killing Time" (in Russian translation, called "Killers of the Past"). The writer lives at Misery Mountain Farm in New York State. His books have been translated into over 20 languages. Caleb Carr Here`s what translator and editor Maxim Nemtsov writes about Caleb Carr: Just ten years after Laszlo Kreizler`s friends are New York Times criminal reporter John Skyler Moore (Alienist`s narrator) and whose notes you are about to read , - completed their manuscripts, in 1929 the French critic Régis Messac argued that a detective story is "... a story dedicated primarily to the methodological and consistent disclosure of the exact circumstances of a mysterious event using rational and scientific means." It would seem that surprisingly exactly this principle was followed by the man who wrote "Alienist" and "Angel of Darkness". In one of his interviews, Caleb Carr admitted that he deliberately invented Dr. Laszlo Kreizler almost in opposition to the dominant archetype of Sherlock Holmes: this is a character who can unravel what Holmes is unable to unravel - crimes after which there is no physical evidence, or there are too few of them, and the motive may not appear explicitly at all. In other words, crimes that turn out to be wholly and completely products of aberrations of human consciousness. But if you think about it, the "deductive method" is rather mechanistic and boils down to observation, breadth of horizons and poetically figurative courage of thinking: noticing that an unknown man`s right hand is more developed than his left, Sherlock Holmes would rather simply admit that there is a worker in front of him than dig into his past. It would hardly occur to him that, for example, a tennis player from high society might appear in front of him. Or a person whom his father could disfigure in childhood, throwing him down the stairs ... I must say that Caleb Carr, the "enfant-terribly" of modern American literature (who in principle does not want to be considered a "serious writer", believing that these latter are "personalities , whose narcissism knows no boundaries: they never tire of retelling their personal stories, only slightly modifying them "), like their hero, and in his childhood he himself more than once became a victim of the unbridled character of his father - writer and journalist Lucien Carr. And having matured, in his books about Laszlo Kreizler, he brilliantly turned inside out the old thesis of the French writer Paul Moran that the role of a detective is "... not to navigate in the shadows of the soul, but to make the puppets move with the impeccable precision of a clockwork." With scientific clarity and accuracy, he plunges the reader into such spiritual and mental darkness that few will be able to find their way back to the light without the help of the author ...