The year is 1941, and Hitler’s armies have swept across Europe. Nora, a budding young Surrealist artist, has fled to Mexico with B.B., a much older and acclaimed Surrealist playwright down on his luck. Hundreds of European artists and writers have formed a colony in Mexico City, and Nora befriends Valencia, a fellow Surrealist artist and refugee.Together the friends explore Jungian psychology and the power of symbols in their Art.But Nora is plagued by an abusive relationship with B.B. She embarks on a harrowing journey deep into her own troubled psyche.Inspired by the lives of the brilliant visionary Surrealist artists Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington. A Postscript and a list of Sources follows the story.The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria was published in Full Spectrum 5 (Bantam, Ed. Jennifer Hershey) and included stories by Jonathan Lethem, Karen Joy Fowler, and Neal Stephenson.From the author of Summer of Love, A Time Travel (A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book), The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (A New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book), Celestial Girl (A Lily Modjeska Mystery), The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, and Strange Ladies: 7 Stories.