Mark de Silva Two-Pack (Paperback)


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Get Mark de Silva’s Square Wave and The Logos at a discounted rate!

Square Wave:

American democracy is on its knees. The upcoming election could well be the last and the nation is braced for internal conflict. Meanwhile, on urban patrol, a nightwatchman discovers the latest in a series of prostitutes beaten and left for dead by a mysterious assailant. Meanwhile, his research into his family’s past leads him to Sri Lanka under colonialism, with all its echoes of factional divisions and authoritarian rule. Meanwhile, his colleague is implicated in a scheme to reverse-engineer storm dispersal technology and weaponise the weather.

Meanwhile, meanwhile, meanwhile: from its basis in a dystopian future and its focus on one man in pursuit of another, Square Wave expands its scope and expands again-into history, musicology, geopolitics-to observe the varieties of decay that emerge from the militarisation of the human mind. The result is a novel that KCRW’s Michael Silverblatt calls “the most extraordinary debut in fiction that I’ve encountered in many years… even when I had to suspend comprehension and travel beyond my comfort zone.”

The Logos:

Unemployed, lonesome, abandoned by his lover, an obscure artist on the verge of despair begins to question the worth of his craft — until, without warning, he lands the opportunity of a lifetime. Courted by a wealthy patron with enigmatic motives, he yields his talents to corporate interests. In theory, his brief is to sell his soul — to mastermind a publicity campaign for a line of products designed to enhance human perception. In practice, though, he exerts sway over the souls of others. Given freedom to treat the campaign as an artistic endeavour in its own right, he comes to use the public sphere as a forum for shaping aesthetic sensibilities on a scale that others could only dream of. But how far can he extend his ambitions before they break him?

In his bold, uncompromising follow-up to the acclaimed Square Wave, Mark de Silva probes the extremes of human vision. Troubling the relationships between spectatorship and intimacy, beauty and decadence, creativity and exploitation, The Logos challenges the habits with which we look at the world around us — and the ways our selective sight distorts the meaning of our days.