At the cabarets and brothels of Montmartre, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is a well-known visitor. Brilliant, rich, and deformed, Toulouse-Lautrec carries on flirtations and relationships with many women - prostitutes as well as famous singers and dancers. In "A Club in Montmartre", renowned writer Mike Resnick imagines the lonely artist meeting a starving waif, Dany, at the famous Moulin Rouge. Dany, like so many before her, falls under the spell of the dissolute cancan dancer known as La Goulue. Toulouse-Lautrec wages a Faustian battle with La Goulue for the young girl's soul even as he is losing the battle for his own, slipping deeper and deeper into alcoholism and bitterness. This deeply felt story, Resnick's first in a genre other than science fiction, captures the intensity of a genius caught between his limitations and his aspirations. Toulouse-Lautrec's lively posters and art are popular with young adults. Part of the "Art Explorers" series, this is a compelling story of overcoming obstacles.
Mike Resnick is the author of many award-winning books, including Kirinyaga and Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge. His writing career spans more than thirty years, and he has received many international awards for science fiction, including four Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, a Clarke nomination, and five Seiun-shos..