“Life and temporality are indispensably attached to the inevitability of death. Is ‘living’ a fight against inevitability?”
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“Embark upon a contemplative journey of self-discovering along with the protagonist.”
“A stimulating existentialist novella!” – The story encompasses an existentialist’s perspective with the protagonist exploring various elements of existentialism including alienation, freedom, death, hope and despair. The protagonist, Murk Zilch, living an isolated life amongst the mountains undergoes a metamorphosis after the ‘tragic’ death of his little brother. Through the impactful events of the past and his understanding of life, he discovers the essence by deriving meaning in the nothingness of the world. It acknowledges the absurdity that lay within the foundation of our existence and aims to form out its own subjective essence, thereby defining its individuality. It attempts to provide its readers with an optimistic perspective towards life by shedding materialism and their preconceptions of reality in order to elevate them from the mode of denial to accept the absurdity of our existence while forming their own essence.
The quintessential aspect of the story is that in its entirety it provokes readers to contemplate along with the protagonist over the temporality of existence and the inevitability of death. The book is a perfect starting point for anyone who is interested in existentialism as it encourages the readers into a habit of questioning which is incidentally the point of inception of existentialism. It incorporates Socrates’ method of dialectics as a mode of self-interrogation through monologues, allowing readers to question the genesis of the subject itself.
Fewer amongst a few out there. A contrast to a simple and daily read. A companion for life. Thought-provoking. Attempts to elevating the readers from the grasp of despair towards a path of enlightenment. Provide a different and yet intriguing way of living.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have written a fictional piece of work as Novella titled, “Memoir: The Cathartic Night (Contemplating Temporality to Inevitability)”. It is an existentialist read which aims to embark its readers onto a contemplative journey of self-discovering. I was influenced by Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis to write a Novella conceptualizing my thinking in consonance with existentialism. It upfront deals with the absurdity that is aligned with our existence as meaninglessness in the world of nothingness.
It was the night of 31st May. I usually write a brief about my thoughts, which intrigue me before going to sleep. I have a habit of contemplating various aspects of my life, my past and about all that circumambient me. When I am alone with my thoughts, they tend to surface at the consciousness in the most unexpected times. That night was no different. As I was staring the ceiling in the dark, a thought emerged to the surface, “life and temporality are indispensably attached to the inevitability of death. Is ‘living’ a fight against inevitability?” I don’t know the actual source from where the thought may have arisen, but it may be an outcome of the current events of my life. I am living with my grandfather, who is at a critical age of 92. During the worldwide outburst of Covid-19, his health has been constantly deteriorating with no particular anatomical reason. I have never consciously realized the impact of his absence in my life, but it seems to grab my unconscious self.
On the next day, the beginning of a new month, I sat before my laptop and start writing whatever came to my mind. I never thought I’ll be able to form a Novella out of it. I have noticed one thing about myself, I feel my mind empty when I sit by myself, all alone with nothing to do. But when I keep my fingers onto the keypad, the stream of consciousness starts forming itself as words.
That’s how Memoir: The Cathartic Night came into being from my stream of consciousness.