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The Facility (Leaplit)
Synopses & Reviews
Praise for Berlin:
"Mirolla . . . is a teller of tales that only the tautest of prose could relate with cohesion and beauty. This book will thrill the mind."—CrimeSpree
"Intriguing, passionate, sad, hilarious. Mirolla is a master storyteller."—Toronto Sun
"Mirolla's book excels."—Rain Taxi
Mussolini clones that won't stay dead. The power to re-create others—forever. Memory and identity are no longer unique. Trapped inside the cloning facility at a time when humans are undergoing their final death rattle on a prion-infected earth, Fausto struggles to re-create the world he once knew. Or did he ever know it?
"Canadian poet and author Mirolla (Berlin) mixes theology, cloning, and Beckettlike absurdist alienation in this odd novel. In the near future, disease wiped out almost all nonhuman life larger than insects. A few cloned specimens live on in a superscience terrarium, which Fausto Contadino visited as a child in 2025 and where he becomes trapped as an adult many years later. Like his namesake, Fausto is offered power over life and romance with the woman created just for him, and is preoccupied with the ideas of happiness in the moment versus the passing of time. Mirolla's fractured narrative, switching among the first- and third-person perspectives of multiple Faustos, parallels the division between mind and body, between technology and nature, and between what we can do and what we should do. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Trapped forever inside The Facility on a devastated earth, Fausto, alone with Mussolini clones, desperately tries to re-create his world.
About the Author
Born in Italy, Michael Mirolla is a Montreal-Toronto novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright. His publications include the novels Berlin and The Boarder; two short story collections, The Formal Logic of Emotion and Hothouse Loves and Other Tales; a bilingual Italian-English poetry collection, Interstellar Distances/Distanze Interstellari; and the poetry collection Light and Time. His writing has received many awards in Canada. He is a frequent writer and reviewer for a number of newspapers and magazines, including Accenti, the Montreal Gazette, Halifax Daily News, Toronto Star, and Calgary Herald.
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