Lost in the imaginary landscapes of novels and films, 22-year-old Simon Bebler learns that he is terminally ill and has at best a year to live. Now the young student wants to cram everything life has to offer into this radically reduced lifespan. Inclined to see himself in the roles of fictional heroes, he begins to live out all the stories he has read or seen on film and experience every mental and physical state a man can experience-good and bad, moral and immoral. He refuses to die feeling he has been robbed of life, so he decides to enact it with real dramatic suspense.
But once the drama is set up, it quickly escapes his control and he is faced with the question of whether he can remain the hero of his adventures or sooner or later become their victim. He finds himself amidst unusual happenings in New York where he meets extraordinary people, among them Al Pacino, Woody Allen, Uma Thurman… Are they real or simply doppelgängers? The narrative merry-go-round of this philosophical thriller poses questions faster than Flisar’s characters can handle, let alone answer
Kota aka Kothandaraman
Kota aka Kothandaraman is one of Southern India’s most edgy designers with several years experience in top line advertising agencies. Currently the Creative Director at Edge Design House, Chennai, he dabbles in anything and everything in the creative space. Right from creating brand identities to fixing the door to graphic design to photography (mainly B&W, where he still uses film and prints his own pictures in his darkroom at home) to wood carving, painting on beer bottles, large canvases to small pen & ink works, furniture design all the while playing the 5 chords on the guitar.
Since the main character assumes different roles in the book, Kota looked at a rendering, where he created negative space inside the main face to create lot more faces. And the whole image is transposed on to the map of New York, where the main narrative takes place. There is also a place where numbers are written (31 of them) signifying days, because the story is linked to the fact that the protagonist has only a year to live.
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