Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 - P.I.E.Books

It’s all Shakespeare and Keats when it comes to Brisbane author Davide A Cottone’s assessment of global issues today.

“The only difference is that there needs to be some pretty serious editing of some of their most sacred texts to address the concerns that I have,” said Mr Cottone.

“I come to bury reactionaries, not to praise them,” is his first edit referring to Shakespeare. “We need to explore solutions that on the first take might seem to be quite absurd. When the dominoes fall, it will be the lateral thinkers not the reactionaries who will triumph.”

He argues that technology has necessitated a seismic shift in thinking and the corresponding changes to the structure and organisation of society are inevitable.

“Now more than ever seems it right to change, to implement (solutions) before the midnight with no pain,” is his second edit; of Keats’ lines in ‘Ode to a Nightingale.’

No two quotes are more pertinent to his latest book ‘SHRIEK: an absurd novel’ where the cryptocurrency COIN trumps the international monetary system every time. As well, there is the world wide trend to strident nationalism. In Mr Cottone’s fantasy world of absurd scenarios, the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock shifts ever closer to midnight.

The main character of the book, Aleph McNaught, is at a crossroads in what he sees as a meaningless life. As narrator, he invites the reader to join him on a psychotic ride into his crazy headspace while commenting on and addressing the problems in his fictitious society head on.

More on ‘SHRIEK: an absurd novel’ can be found at and the book can be purchased directly from the website, in book stores or online in print and as an eBook through Amazon KDP.

The author said he would welcome any correspondence with anyone by email: [email protected]


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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: 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.




Davide Cottone
M: 0408709094


absurd novel, psychological novel, political satire, cryptocurrency, new world order, multiple personalities,forgotten people, absurdism, existentialism




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