Monday, February 13, 2012

The tumours are interesting.

Matthew Revert's fantastic novel The tumours made me interesting takes a very fascinating view of contemporary life and the state of the contemporary man. Using surrealism, adsurdism, expressionism as imagistic representations the novel chronicles the disillusion of its central character. And this disillusion is expressed in psychotic images, thoughts and images which convey both the existential angst and the teetering on the brink of madness. When the boundaries between what is'normal' and what is madness are reversed postmodern life emerges as a undifferentiated form of psychosis where modern man, inundated by contemporaneity, studded with surfaces tries hard to retain a wholesome vision of himself in an increasingly chaotic world. Many of the experiences recounted here are bawdy, scatological, funny, sardonic and a delicious sense of tragicomic wit permeates this novel. Delusions are not just underpinnings of individual disintegration but in terms of symbols they reflect fears, apprehensions and nightmares of the collective unconscious of mankind. Altogether a superior novel which uses grotesquerie to convey inchoate psychological states a representative breakdown. Word of mouth exposure has proliferated this book in certain circles. I want to chip in and recommend people to read this darkly funny novel and experience disquiet and re examine the fundamental realities of life and the deceptions and illusions they create to navigate it. Defense mechanisms help cope and make existence subjectively explicable. One holds on yet lets go. Breakdown is breakthrough.

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