Zimmerman on Solitude
Vox Humana Books, Apr 30, 2010 - 104 pages
..".The dead can speak. Their long forgotten words can be reborn, dug out of the trashcans of time, revitalized and transformed to continue their mission of enlightening audiences across the barrier of time and place, across generational, cultural and millennial events so diverse yet powerful that to minimize those historical impacts would be nothing more than criminal - just as to let those words long out of print which impacted during their original day, be just as significant a travesty against enlightenment --as ignoring History itself - if they are too not reborn in new writings during our time..." A young veteran of a middle-eastern war flees his country of birth, relocating to Amsterdam. There, living the life of a civil servant by day and a "slam" poet by night, he attempts to discover some order and put some sense into his life while recovering from the violent past he has known. After falling in love with a Dutch woman, he watches as the dissolution of his marriage takes place before his eyes, accepting it, yet doing nothing to remedy or try and restore the relationship before it is too late. At his place of work, our hero stumbles across an insidious secret that complicates his life even further, as he is forced to test his own morality in his efforts to reveal a terrible hidden history to the rest of the world. Strangely, at about the same time the above events are taking place, our main protagonist - a lover of literature and the arts - stumbles across a book in a little shop run by the "Moonies" on a backstreet of the city. The book, entitled "Solitude," authored in the year 1837 by a forgotten Swiss philosopher, named John George Zimmerman, becomes the young man's "gospel," serving as a tool, guiding him in his quest as he tries to integrate his past into his present and ultimately some kind of future working reality. A magical synergy occurs as the young man's life and story begins to mystically become as one with the ruminations on Solitude of JGZ. And as the philosopher's words begin to merge with those of our hero, it becomes difficult for the reader to separate the two "authors" and the lives they have lead so many decades apart from one another.
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