The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch
Not since Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon has Hollywood and the motion picture industry been seen in such a bold and illuminating light.
Brimming with sexual intrigue, eye-widening spectacle, and a host of recognizable characters, this latest release by Konrad Ventana sets a new standard of relevance and transcendence in postmodern literary fiction as it raises the bar for visual special effects (VFX). A must-read for anyone who loves Hollywood stories, mystery novels, and classic literature, although the ultra-contemporary setting of this astounding new novel feels like it all happened just yesterday.
The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch by Konrad Ventana 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, 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.
“No one is innocent … not in this town. In this town, the apocalypse has come and gone, lifting the veil of innocence like a great velvet curtain in an old movie house, where the only victims that don’t return for the sequel are the gods themselves, struck out long ago by the big blue pencil. In this town, every man, woman, and child takes the limits of his or her own field of vision to be the limits of the world. Without the lamplights of fate that flicker in a constant state of anxiety through yonder movie reels, the collective vision would be blacker than the slate of a director’s clapboard, suffused with a pessimism that goes far beyond film noir, far beyond existential anguish, far beyond the pale of postmodernism to the very crux of the loneliness, dread, and despair that is the wretched birthright of the descendent species.”
The author, who began his professional career on Sunset Boulevard, provides a unique view of the creative process and its varied sources. Using the pseudonym Konrad Ventana (literally ‘Bold Counsel through a Window’), the author looks behind the scenes at the problematic ideologies of our modern times and examines the potential for future development.