A one-legged news vendor with a dilapidated newsstand. An exotic dancer with a penchant for witchcraft. An existentialist narrator who devises a plan to fade out of his own life in a subversive and comically absurd attempt at self-preservation, leaving his partner and two children with no memory of him.
Comparable only to Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis as an allegory of transformation, reality, and the absurdity of human existence; The Last News Vendor is a dreamlike meditation on broken spirituality, a collapsing society, and the overburdened contemporary soul.
"When fantasy pushes aside the lucid remonstrances of the banal, that is where you will find Michael Mirolla. He has delivered in his newest novella, The Last News Vendor, the quintessential metamorphosis of the observer to the observed and at the cutting edge of literary metaphors." -- Ian Thomas Shaw, Ottawa Review of Books.One wonders in reading Michael Mirolla's The Last News Vendor whether he isn't inspired by the Japanese painter Hirosige of the ukiyo-e tradition. Mirolla uses concrete props - porn and printers ink, grease and tattoos, vinyl and vice - as gateways to the coded revelations of the inner city night. Reading The Last News Vendor was like stumbling across an illicit act in flagrante delicto, and finding yourself unable to pull away. He describes a universe that is tactile rather than virtual, and which had me recalling two other tales of things disappearing, never to return - John Fowles' "The Collector" and Doris Lessing's "Briefing for a Descent into Hell". -- David MacKinnon, author of A Voluntary Crucifixion and Leper Tango."The truth about the truth is that it gets into everything, but Michael Mirolla does not let the mulling interfere with the buzzing, with all that we have forgotten. As for what's not in this book, well that's his too, he's just lucky that way." -- Claudio Gaudio, author of Texas.
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