Harvard Square Editions
2152 Beachwood Terrace, Hollywood, CA 90068
9781941861110, $22.95, 262pp, www.harvardsquareeditions.org
Synopsis: "Coda" chronicles the life, and after-life, of the last human left alive, in both flashback and future shock, after the apocalypse of the millennium, where timeless, masculinist aggression, and blindness, predictably destroy all life on Earth. "Coda" is a compelling philosophical, and quasi-religious, post-modernist narrative, that (re)solves eventually the Riddle of the Universe: from the unique vantage point of the last sentient being left alive to ponder the question of existence. It is the quest of a latter-day Siddhartha, albeit in context of an apocalyptic world sundered by global catastrophe.
Critique: Rajani Kanth has held affiliations with some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He has also served as an advisor to the United Nations. A novelist, poet, and playwright, Kanth is the author and/or editor of several academic works in political economy and culture-critique. He is presently a visiting fellow at Harvard University, and permanent trustee of the World Peace Congress. "Coda" is a deftly crafted, thoughtful and thought-provoking work of impressively well written fiction that is very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections. "Coda" is especially commended to the attention of science fiction enthusiasts who appreciate deftly crafted post-apocalyptic novels.
Michael J. Carson