Troubador The Upshot of the Postmodern

Released: 01/10/2012

ISBN: 9781780882123

Format: Paperback

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The Upshot of the Postmodern

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The walk to work was becoming far too familiar. The lonely buzz of life itself had become merely a replacement sensation for not having a girlfriend. It didn’t matter much, as the mystery of the universe hummed around me as sunshine, traffic noise and the constant flow of anxiety in my blood. I hated my new work colleagues and was rigid like a stone in the compound of their judgements. 


 When Jacob Deveraux gets hired at the reputable bank, he knows he isn’t right for the job: he’s been there before and he knows exactly what to expect. His plans to make the best of it soon fall foul when he is overheard making a rude remark about his manager in the cafeteria. Loaded with a sense of futility, this at times shocking confessional earmarks the subtleties of a valueless culture, in which Deveraux must be at the mercy of others if he is to fit in. 

The Upshot of the Postmodern is a collection of mixed-up tales, of alienation, angst and aestheticism, recounting Jacob’s story as well as five others. It will appeal to fans of existentialist literature, and those who enjoy the kind of inward-looking, soul-searching character who can find great heroism in the most commonplace event or thing. “The book demanded to be transferred from life to paper,” says author Stephen.

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