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The fascinating New Mexico writer Jonathan Harnisch fights a constant battle with schizophrenia, and his work tells of the sleepless, compulsive thought-rushes that mark this tragic disease. “Is writing the end-all cure to my mental maladies?” he asks in one of his touching author-asides. Readers will hope so as they take in this 800+-page […]
Essentially an omnibus edition including three of author Jonathan Harnisch’s previously published (and slightly revised) novels—Lover in the Nobody (2014), Porcelain Utopia (2015), and The Oxygen Tank (2016)—this narrative chronicles a man’s search for meaning in his life as he struggles with mental illness, relentless sexual mania, and soul-crushing existential angst.
Benjamin J. […]
Constructed through a series of interconnected, erotically fueled, hallucinatory episodes involving Jonathan Harnisch’s signature character Benjamin J. Schreiber—who, like the author, suffers from schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome—this nonlinear novel is, on the surface, about struggling with mental health, sexual obsession, and toxic interdependency. But ultimately, this twisted and at times psychopathic story is an […]
In Porcelain Utopia, prolific novelist Jonathan Harnisch again features his recurring character Ben Schreiber, a troubled young man who has been hospitalized in a mental health facility after attempting a bank robbery while under the influence of drugs and is now under the care of Dr. C, his new psychiatrist.
Like the author, […]
With Glad You’re Not Me, essayist and novelist Jonathan Harnisch offers a short entry in the ongoing, semi-autobiographical work that has characterized his writing. The author is open about suffering from several mental disorders, including schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome, and his raw experience enhances and informs his work.
Here, he seems to appear […]
Jonathan Harnisch is at his best in bruising, direct confrontations with schizophrenia, PTSD and the other maladies that afflict him. The 803-page Jonathan Harnisch: An Alibiography and his essays on mental illness are affecting cries of a wounded heart.
This slim novella is less successful. While the prolific New Mexico writer’s trademark empathy […]
Jonathan Harnisch’s new novel brings back Georgie Gust, who has served along with alter ego Ben Schreiber as the author’s stand-in in other semi-autobiographical works that explore the traumas of characters afflicted, like their author, with Tourette’s syndrome and schizophrenia.
Freak is a more conventional coming-of-age story than the surreal mash-up of reality, fiction, and […]
Author Jonathan Harnisch often writes about alter egos who live with the same mental disorders that he does, including schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome. The protagonist of this coming-of-age novel is Georgie Gust, a character who has appeared in the author’s previous novels as a sexual fetishist and even another character’s alter ego. For readers who […]
Equal parts existential nihilism and fetishistic erotica, this darkly hypnotic novel—in which the lines between reality and delusion are hopelessly blurred—chronicles a mentally ill man’s search for meaning in his life, or at least some kind of profound corporeal satisfaction.
Georgie Gust, who has Tourette’s syndrome and may be schizophrenic, is also a hardcore masochist […]
Afflicted with schizophrenia, Tourette’s Syndrome and other mental illnesses, the prolific and gifted Jonathan Harnisch has transformed the harrowing raw material of his life into what he calls “transgressive fiction” in semi-autobiographical novels such as Jonathan Harnisch: An Alibiography and Living Colorful Beauty. With Second Alibi: The Banality of Life, he revisits the abrasive, […]