A hallucinatory, fragmentary, and tragic fictional telling of one of the most fa-
mous psychotherapy cases in history, A lex Pheby?s Playthings offers a visceral and darkly comic
portrait of paranoid schizophrenia. Based on the true story of nineteenth-century German judge
Daniel Paul Schreber, Playthings artfully shows the disorienting human tragedy of Schreber?s
psychosis, in vertiginous
prose that blurs the lines between madness and sanity.