Thursday, December 27, 2012

CITY:aliteraryconcerto Overview (from A Rising Fall Book Proposal)

What sacrifice, to conceive a dream; when all you leave behind, is all you’ll ever be?

If there were no light, would you dare to look within yourself? If there were no sound, would you even recognise the shrill of fright in your own voice? And if the Industry stopped, whose faith would you subscribe to; if not your own? At the end of the age of information; will you even know yourself?

A Rising Fall is the first book in a dystopian trilogy entitled City:aliteraryconcerto. The story starts ten years after the blackout as a group of humans struggling to fight off a conscious famine, try to re-learn empathy to save humanity in an old industrial assembly plant. In 3 days; feigned affection, deception and a black heart will take them further into the repression of their own fears in search of unconditional love.

The City Concerto through literary prose; answers one question: To what lengths would a father go and what horrible wrongs would he do, to teach a god how to love again?

Following the theme of a concerto, City is divided into three parts; A Rising Fall, Utopian Circus and I, Cannibal. Each book is then divided into three pieces and with A Rising Fall, each piece refers to a day; the three days leading to the fall of their city.

The trilogy illustrates the human emancipation from three states of love; Eros, Philos and Agape as each is torn apart under the guise of well intention as humanity; now void of identity in the wake of a century of dehumanising dependence and necessity upon industry and digital technology; has separated itself from the labour of its existence, aborting empathy and setting in place the death of mother nature. Yet, on the verge of extinction; mankind presses on; towards salvation; towards the city of light and sound; towards New Utopia

Much like the dystopian classics Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty Four, the City trilogy attempts to untangle a grand lie that has been caught up in the colourful thread of a truth, painted through the mind of a philosopher and thinker whose detachment from society and industry helped him to envision its inevitable direction.

The City Trilogy approaches the concept of industrialised dehumanisation by exploring current polemic states such as man’s empathetic and obsessive link to digital technology, branding, plastic surgery, social networking and a fear of nature which emulates in the current global controversy in the rise of unnecessary Caesarean births by production line hospitals. 

The story paints the ‘what ifs’ in the effect that such industrial dependence would play on the human genome; purporting life as an efficient production as opposed to a natural creation; that when nature is removed from the equation, what would happen if the industry stopped? Who would mother humanity?

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