Brisbane author Davide Cottone ventures into the absurd with his book, Shriek, which puts readers into the shoes of a 21st century “idiot savant” confronting a maelstrom of social, political, economic, technological and religious upheaval.
The historical fiction novelist, poet and playwright chose the absurd genre to, in his words, “deliver a manifesto for a new world order”.
“I found a possible answer to the state of the world dilemma as I became immersed in the work of proponents of existentialism and nihilism in philosophy, and surrealism in art,” Mr Cottone said.
“Albee, Beckett, Camus, Kafka, Sartre, Heller, Ionesco and Pinter in literature, and Breton, and especially Dali in art coalesced as a Freudian tapestry called ‘absurdism’.”
The main character of the book, Aleph McNaught, is at a crossroads in what he sees as a meaningless life. Abused as a child, he turns to drugs and ends up locked up in an asylum before launching into a new and wild life populated by a host of multiple personalities.
Rejected in love, his only weapons against a society gone mad are his irrational thought patterns, absurd actions, and his projected versions of his own psyche.
McNaught, as narrator, takes the reader on a psychotic ride into his crazy headspace while commenting on the state of a fictitious society.
More on Shriek can be found at www.piebooks.net and the book can be purchased directly from the website, in book stores or online in print and eBook through Amazon KDP.
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