The Great Chaining of Being

The Great Chaining of Being

by Ian Drew Forsyth


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Three bohemians from the past-a Machiavellian philosophe, a debaucherous malcontent, and a tortured poet on the edge of oblivion-struggle to assert their vision of utopia against an ever-expanding transhumanist future. Through many lives, they will offer an alternative to a digitally immortal, eternally young, and infinitely free society-a society that happens to be consuming the past in order to survive.

As ambitious in style and voice as David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas with an iconoclastic core comparable only to William S. Burroughs' Cities of the Red Night, The Great Chaining of Being is filled to the brim with philosophical banter and the warfare of ideas, mirroring and reimagining the very artists, writers, and revolutionaries of the many epochs it represents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781985857148
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/02/2018
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Ian Drew Forsyth grew up in the Pacific Northwest where the bohemian writer dream first came to him reading the Beats (Ferlinghetti, Kerouac, Ginsberg) in his late teens. Soon he found his way into French influences such as the Surrealists, Dada, the Decadents, the Symbolists, the Realists, and the Bouzingo. He sees himself as an (unaccredited) bohemian historian (from Romanticism to Posthumanism) of sorts (take a look at his Goodreads "bohemians" bookshelf to see he's certainly done his research). Not only a bookworm, his extensive travel in Europe and his work in activism in the United States and abroad have informed his first published novel, The Great Chaining of Being. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he runs collaborative writing workshops, gets his travel money as a self-proprietor in the trades, and tries to work as little as possible while writing at a leisurely and inspired pace. His next novel (a humorous satire out to dethrone cool hunters, hip posers, and nostalgia junkies alike), Hypelandia, will appear in Winter 2019.

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