An Asymmetric Account of an Individual Apocalypse
by David J. Keffer
If St. John the Apostle had been a twenty-something twentieth-century post-existentialist,
his book of revelations would have described a much different apocalypse,
one tailored to fit a more independent and inward-focused generation.
"Hysteresis", the description of a path in which the distinctions between coming and going
govern the outcome of the journey, provides just such an alternate revelation.
In an imaginary land, the eternal battle rages between the forces of darkness and the forces of light.
Upsetting a long established balance, the forces of darkness have revealed a mysterious secret weapon,
capable, so they claim, of finally providing the means for them to escape from their prison and return
to ravage the lands of the forces of light. The forces of light, for their part, have hidden their own secret weapon in the center of the sun,
where it remains beyond their reach, because they are possessed of a profound ambivalence regarding the outcome of this engagement.
When they discover that the leadership of the forces of darkness share their perspective, one would think that an amiable resolution is at hand,
but that turns out to be as far from the eventual truth of the matter as can be imagined.
As a literary conceit, "Hysteresis" examines the symmetry between darkness and light and creates a combined diplomatic and military campaign
intended to capture the nuances of the internal debate regarding the lure (or lack thereof) of each force.
In short, "Hysteresis" is exactly as described: an asymmetric account of an individual apocalypse.
In the interests of full disclosure, the author has provided a second subtitle as well,
which is relayed here, cryptic and self-deprecating though it may be: Tragicomedic Juvenilia of a Melodramatic Amanuensis.
"Hysteresis" was written from March to September, 1995 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
length: 76,000 words (218 pages in paperback)
written: March-September, 1995, Minneapolis, Minnesota
paperback size: 6 in x 9 in
paperback publication date: May 1, 2013
paperback ISBN-13: 978-1484080160
paperback ISBN: 1484080165
ebook publication date: May 1, 2013
ebook ISBN-13: 978-1301803514
poison pie publishing house catalog number: PP-015-N
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