Near Lost: A Story Of The Border
"Though undoubtedly amateurish and unabashedly pretentious, Brutus Sumiam has created here the first great postmodern literary work of Americana."
--Brandon Forrest Seale
In this novel that spans two millennia and two cultures, Dusty sets out upon an allegorical trek through a purgatorial borderland in an effort to redeem himself for a sin he was predestined to commit. What begins as a simple trip to Mexico to ring in the New Year builds toward a startling realization on the part of the author himself of his own complicity in Dusty's sin and the God-role he has attempted to usurp.
Touching upon themes in modern science, psychology, philosophy, and theology, "Near Lost ultimately comes to question the ability of the novellic form to achieve the goals to which it aspires. Drawing from both the Latin American and North American literary traditions, the newcomer Brutus Sumiam makes an ambitious attempt at redeeming the novellic form itself and his own role as author-God.