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And Nothing, Came
by Nicholas Ruiz III
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Release Date: 2015
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Alison, a successful university professor, thinks she has a firm grasp of reality until she meets Jacques, a mysteriously, omni-intelligent student who seems more well-traveled, and capable of outrageous feats and actions, than humanly possible. While facing the increasing impossibility of Jacques' and other characters' enigmatic inhumanity, Alison comes to realize that her sense of what is real is shaped specifically by her belief in that reality, and therefore, alterable to extraordinary and unbelievable conclusions. This intense novel, unsettles the sediment of the human condition amidst contemporary globalization through its 'reality' effects on characters within a truly global variety of milieus, such as the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia, and even, Anarctica and Indonesia. At stake in the novel is nothing less than a contemporary philosophical, religious, political and sociocultural penetration of the engima that is human existence in the 21st century, while at the same time, rendering what may happen when a culture loses its memory - and its conscience.
Nicholas Ruiz III, Ph.D was born in New York City in 1970. He is the author of The Metaphysics of Capital, America in Absentia, and most recently, Integral Reality (with Robert Hassan). He is also the editor of Kritikos.
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