~~Novel advocates a global change
Author Davide Cottone uses the absurd genre in his latest novel, Shriek: an absurd novel to advocate a new world order.
‘We need to elicit support for a new world order through the power of the written word in an absurd context to get subtle messages across to people so that they can prepare for the imminent meltdown of the old-world order,’ he said.
‘I need someone to come on board with me to bring to the fore issues of social, economic, technological and political significance. The world can be a mad place and sometimes we need to proffer absurd solutions to confront or at least contain situations that are spiralling out of control.’
Mr Cottone said that writers in the past had written fables and parables to make a social commentary.
‘I prefer using the absurd genre just as others have like Albee, Beckett, Camus, Kafka, Sartre, Heller, Ionesco and Pinter in literature, and Salvador Dali, in art.
‘We are fast approaching a new norm where to be successful, influential and understood, you have to employ tactics that are beyond the constraining and intimidating tentacles of the law and the all-powerful.
‘There is a certain degree of safety and immunity from the influence of the rich and powerful in the realm of the insane.’
The novel’s protagonist, Aleph McNaught, lives in a fictional world with country names like Umbugumbuland, Elifafaland, Central Lilulaland and Woccowaccaland, yet there are many parallels to life in our world today.
Mr Cottone said these parallels were so compelling, you would have to question what defined sanity.
His protagonist recalled Dali’s own words, that ‘There is only one difference between a madman and me – the madman thinks he is sane; I know I am mad’.
‘Aleph goes on to become president of Umbugumbuland by standing on the shoulders of “the forgotten people”, a phenomenon not unlike situations unravelling in the world today.
‘Any similarities to the rise and rise of Donald Trump or anyone else for that matter are purely coincidental,’ Mr Cottone said.
More on Shriek: an absurd novel 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 as an ebook through Amazon KDP. Any correspondence should be by email: [email protected]
P.I.E.Books: Davide A Cottone. (Author, playwright and poet)
Davide A Cottone, as an historical fiction writer, playwright and poet, delves deeply into personal experiences as he witnesses them unravelling in the world around him and around the world of others. With his forty years experience as a teacher in Australia, Papua New Guinea, China and Hong Kong and formal qualifications of an MA in applied linguistics, Davide has the skills as well as the stories which are all based on real life experiences.
He has published three full length novels, five musicals, four plays and two collections of his poetry. After his great success with his other historical fiction novel, canecutter, where Davide captured the migrant experience of new Australians in the canefields between 1924 and 1985, the author insisted another historical fiction was the best way to get his message across in his next novel, Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam.
More on Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam and other work by the author can be found on the P.I.E. Books website: www.piebooks.net and the book can be purchased directly from the website, in bookstores or online where the book is being distributed globally as POD and as an eBook. The author is happy to communicate with anyone who has an interest in the topic by email: [email protected] or by phone on 0408709094.