We believe that works of fiction can provide a unique insight into the unprecedented anthropogenic changes and the resulting challenges that we all, as humans, face in the next decades. They represent a powerful tool in increasing awareness and prompting much needed societal change, because fiction has the power to touch our emotions and appeal to our hearts as well as to our brains.
A Boston fireman, in an attempt to flee personal and professional tragedy, accepts a job as a bartender on a Greek fishing island. He soon discovers that, despite its apparent tranquility, the island is divided between two irreconcilable sides: those who want to maintain its status as a marine preserve and those who want to do away with the preserve and embrace tourism. Seeking redemption from his own troubled past, he does his best to avoid entanglements of any sort, political or personal. His intentions are eclipsed, however, when he meets Kerryn, an animal rights activist, who believes dolphins possess consciousness, intelligence and souls.
“Hogan’s adept storytelling makes us ponder our spiritual essence.” —The Greek Star
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How much can one land take? How much can one man take? What if the rains kept coming? What if the huge waves kept crashing in? What if the plates kept shifting and volcanoes kept up their choking spew? What if neighbouring nations became more antagonistic and the rest of the world began to forget you?
It’s the not-too-distant-future and a certain Asian country is in physical and moral tatters. What was once a polite society has become fouled and corrupted. Part-time referee and full-time PE teacher, Tombo, stands in the middle of all this, trying to find fairness and balance in his own life, as things continue to crumble around him.
“Colin O’Sullivan’s writing is an antic, mordant and perverse plunge into strange and unnerving worlds.” —Colin Barrett