The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch is a treatise on existentialism, modernism, and the emergence of nouveau feminism. Set in Hollywood Neo-noir and guided by an intrepid philosophical counselor (life coach), the reader investigates The Lost Love of the Latest Tycoon, examining the role of the muse, the magnificent intemperate impulses of the femme fatale, and the allure of the casting couch, while witnessing the fall of an empire in the twilight of the egoists.
The author, an American Scientist and Visionary, provides a unique view of the creative process and its varied sources. Using the pseudonym, Konrad Ventana, literally 'Bold Counsel through a Window,' the author looks behind the scenes at the ideologies of our modern times and examines the potential for future development.
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"The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch" by Konrad Ventana (A Hollywood mystery that touches the reader in many private places) From the very first page, to the final departing scene, "The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch" by Konrad Ventana is a riveting narrative that shines a detective's flashlight into the darkest of reaches of the human mind. The author takes the reader into the fabulous theatrical world of Hollywood's most creative movie directors, who are striving to embrace the ultimate sources of their creativity, while they struggle with their own psychological demons. About half way through the book, I had that rare feeling that I actually understood and sympathized with the intense feelings and motivations of these outrageous characters, and I realized that I didn't want the story to end. This is clearly a tribute to Konrad Ventana, who provides such a fresh and inviting take on the noir genre and the private detective novel, I think that Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Cornell Woolrich, and even Edgar Allan Poe might applaud. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Hollywood stories, mystery novels, and classic literature, though the ultra-contemporary setting of this novel feels like it all happened just yesterday. Creative women, in particular, will identify with the advent of the most amazing female director, a feminist provocateur, who gives the good old boys a run for their money. Finally, it is a good book that touches the reader in many private places.
Not since The Day of the Locust and The Love of the Last Tycoon has Hollywood and the motion picture industry been seen in such a bold and perspicuous light. Brimming with sexual intrigue, romance, eye-widening spectacle, and a host of recognizable characters, this latest post-lux novella by Konrad Ventana sets a new standard of poignancy in postmodern literary fiction as it raises the bar for motion picture visual special effects (VFX). In The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch, Konrad Ventana explodes the myths behind the Star Machine with a whole new level of intimate private investigation: "No one is innocent . not in this town. In this town, the apocalypse has come and gone, lifting the veil of innocence like a great velvet curtain in an old movie house, where the only victims that don't return for the sequel are the gods themselves, struck out long ago by the big blue pencil. In this town, every man, woman, and child takes the limits of his or her own field of vision to be the limits of the world. Without the lamplights of fate that flicker in a constant state of anxiety through yonder movie reels, the collective vision would be blacker than the slate of a director's clapboard, suffused with a pessimism that goes far beyond film noir, far beyond existential anguish, far beyond the pale of postmodernism to the very crux of the loneliness, dread, and despair that is the wretched birthright of the descendent species." A consummate work of social criticism, The Unbearable Sadness of Zilch is a treatise on existentialism, modernism, and the emergence of nouveau feminism with a vivacity that puts artificial computer generated imagery (CGI) and hackneyed melodrama to shame. Blazing with eye-opening drama, keen psychological and philosophical insights, and layers of linguistic pyrotechnics, not to mention scintillating VFX, the reader is at once awed and entertained by this post-lux pièce de résistance. This is the second book of a series called The Post-Lux Trilogy (on artistic creativity), which has already received Editors Choice and Rising Star awards.