Book One

A Desperado’s Daily Bread

Konrad Ventana throws open the curtain to a perennial drama with a depth of language that can only be described as symphonic. Blazing with eye-opening drama, keen psychological insights, and layers of linguistic pyrotechnics, the reader is at once awed and entertained. In this first Post-Lux drama, Konrad Ventana crafts each scene with an exuberance of linguistic color, creating a timeless stage as elegant as a classical ballet, as poignant as our heartfelt emotions, and as enduring as the resonance of each new and illuminating insight. This award-winning book is truly a picture window to behold. (see Art Video)

desperado-book-one“Wade is presently an outlaw in the land of the free, a desperado of the great American frontier—a post-Darwinian, post-Mendelian, post-Nietzschean, post-Freudian, post-Jungian, post-Einsteinian, post-beat, post-hip, post-war, post-graduate, post-perspicuous persona non grata who is reconciled to spending his remaining days post-mortem in the sublime twilight of the impalpable underground, wrapped in cloistered communion amongst the lingering remains of the gratefully dying flower children, all falling faintly through the universe…. each and every one on the descent of their last end.

Wade is also a respectable biochemist, in his own outlandish way, and his masterful skills in molecular and genetic manipulations are impressive to say the least. He has somehow managed to isolate four particular genes from the desert cactus known to laymen as peyote and has stably inserted said genetic constructs into baker’s yeast…. The yeast cells appear to be quite normal; they thrive and grow and multiply, converting sugars to alcohols and carbon dioxide when called upon to do so, and they can be dried, stored, and utilized for baking and brewing as usual. In other words, Wade’s creations appear to function as perfectly normal cultures of baker’s yeast except, of course, in the presence of exogenous tyrosine or phenylalanine which, when added to the mix, these genetically engineered cells readily convert to the chemical compound mescaline—and they dutifully perform this sanctified biochemical conversion in the wink of an alchemist’s eye.”

Praised by critics and Native American’s as a literary and cultural treasure, Konrad Ventana’s Desperado – with his strident (allegorical) challenges to entrenched and abusive authorities – is an inspiration to the oppressed and an elixir for an ailing society.  Winner of Editor’s Choice and Rising Star distinctions.