Vincent van Gogh created his life's work out of a vortex of passion and delirium so intense his paintings seem to burst off the canvas. Now Frederic Tuten, the highly acclaimed author of Tintin in the New World, has imagined the personification of van Gogh's fervor and madness: Ursula, one of the most beguiling creations in recent literature. A morphine-addicted, nineteen-year-old photographer, Ursula is van Gogh's lover and tormentor. But she is lost to him, and he to her, when she steps through a crack in the wall of the Bad Cafe and finds herself in a strange world - New York City at the end of the twentieth century. Van Gogh's Bad Cafe is a fantastical romance set in two different eras. It is a meditation on love and longing; on van Gogh's psyche and his work; on addiction (to passion, drugs, art); on the spirit of the nineteenth versus the twentieth century.