Konrad Ventana’s Post-Lux Trilogy is a Literary Phenom!
This astounding series of ultra-contemporary novels is positively Post-Lux (after the light)—postmodern post-enlightenment gems of literary fiction from a bold and luminous writer. Blazing with eye-opening drama, keen psychological insights, and layers upon layers of linguistic pyrotechnics, the reader is at once awed, and entertained, and perhaps even cultivated by reading, indeed by experiencing these vivid theatrical renditions. The Post-Lux Trilogy was written in an artful attempt to reveal, to affirm, and to communicate the vital principles of Creativity and Achievement to a new generation of aspiring individuals. Each book of the Post-Lux Trilogy is designed to be separate and distinct—differing in theme, plot, narrative voice, characters, setting, and scope of the high-minded dramas. Written in a “symphonic style,” each of these multi-layered novels is (i) accessible to the casual reader as a good read; (ii) meaningful to astute readers, as is the richness of allegory; and (iii) sumptuously arrayed as a moveable feast for the literary cognoscenti who tend to savor every crumb.
We begin with A Desperado’s Daily Bread, which follows the mystical adventures of an outlaw biochemist turned peyote Roadman through the subterranean New-Age territories of the American West. It is about the alienation of the visionary in a society that honors the robes of authority but not the swink of creativity per se. By challenging the conventional collective tenants of modern society—which ostensibly “walks and runs and bicycles for the cure,” yet, in reality, has been unwittingly lulled into a state of non-participation in the life-of-the-mind and, thus, in meaningful acts of creativity—the postmodern Desperado embodies a refreshing vitality, i.e., “un hombre imprudente,” who attests to the enduring value of the inspired individual—as visionary, as artist, as dreamer, as creator—as an active force and elixir for an ailing society. The Desperado is essentially the American Character-in-Action.
Next, The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch is a riveting narrative that shines a detective’s flashlight into the darkest of reaches of the human mind. Only this time it is not the usual hard-boiled Private Detective who is called upon to find some hidden Truth, it is the philosophical practitioner or “Perspicuous Eye” who is called upon to find the lost Beauty. In this remarkable book, Konrad Ventana takes the reader behind the curtains into the fabulous theatrical world of Hollywood’s most accomplished movie moguls, who are striving to embrace the ultimate sources of their creativity, while they struggle with their own psychological demons. A compelling work of social criticism, The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch is a treatise on existentialism, modernism, and the emergence of a radical new brand of feminism: the feminist provocateur, amidst the twilight of an empire that has become devoid of artistic inspiration.
Finally, Questing for Uberjoy is an epic adventure set in the high Himalayas. The story begins as a quest to rescue a kidnapped Peace Corps worker, Joycelyn Eberhard (aka Uberjoy), and the young Sherpa schoolgirls in her charge, only to expand in scope upon the mythic landscapes of Nepal and Tibet where earth meets sky in more ways than one. Questing for Uberjoy is a quest for love. It is also a quest for meaning in the form of devotion and service versus the myth of the conquering hero, as Eastern culture surrounds the hero and teaches him more about himself than any previous experience in America. The majestic tapestry of human aspiration, romantic infatuation, international intrigue, and high-minded action/adventure is elevated to new heights as masterful second-person narration engages the reader and simplistic two dimensional characters are transformed by the drama into tangible firmaments of flesh and blood. One moment philosophical and the next filled with danger, it is a story that could change your life and send you out on your own heroic quest.”