Hashish. Oscar Schmitz.


Wakefield Press:
Cambridge: 2018
Trade paperback, New,
184 pp.
Cover artwork by: Alfred Kubin

“Encountering the enigmatic dandy Count Vittorio Alta-Carrara in a Parisian eatery, the narrator finds himself invited to a ‘Hashish Club,’ where in the dim light of red-filtered candles, a roomful of ‘recumbent wanderers’ explores the abyss of the unconscious. The narrator and the count don a variety of identities as they in turn enter the narratives, sometimes participating in them, other times merely observing them from the vantage point of a shifting divan. Engaging in romantic liaisons with masks and cadavers, taking part in Satanic orgies and carnivals, plotting blasphemy and riding carriages through cityscapes where time loses its bearings, the protagonists draw the reader into their narrative and psychological unmooring.” #66146

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