Ladies and Gentlemen,
I’m a writer looking for a reviewers for my latest work that I deem to be a literary historical cycle.
The cycle is called “The Maharajagar”; a self-coined portmanteau through combining parts of the Hindu words; mahaan (great), hare (green) and ajagar(dragon). Hereby I submit first chapters of my novel for your consideration.
The novel tells the tale of how on June 16th, 1914, journalist Alec Bannon and his young wife Millie Bloom, a photographer, meet at the Museum of Natural Science of New York an Inuit called Piugaattoq (a.k.a. Minik Wallace) who’s father's bones are on display over there. Minik hires the services of a Chinese tong and a Voodoo priest to assist him for revengefully replacing his father’s remains by those of the museum director's deceased father. The Bannon's, freshly accredited at New York, make a reportage about it and soon afterwards they're entangled into a web of intrigues that surrounds the power struggle for the leadership of the Chinese Tongs that also has far reaching geo-political consequences, involves multi-million dollar transactions between multinational colonial trading companies, weapon trafficking, a mysterious organization of immortals and some (not always nice) supernatural creatures.
I have taken the Mahabharata (or "the great tale of the Bhārata dynasty) as a source of inspiration. The importance of the Mahabharata to the world civilization can be compared to that of the Bible, the works of Shakespeare, the works of Homer, or the Qur'an. I made an effort to connect it with the work of more contemporary writers as James Joyce (Ulysses), Thomas Mann (Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family), Tayeb Salihel (Season of Migration to the North), Honoré de Balzac (Father Goriot) and many other literary works.
This has been done by de-fleshing the Mahabharata of most of its philosophical/religious contend and by focusing on the main story that keeps it together; the tale of the conflict between the Pandu and Kurava princes. I gave the protagonists of the Mahabharata more contemporary multi-cultural identities and placed the action in a closer by time-frame. The supernatural element in this novel is an overarching vehicle to illustrate the way different cultures use to approach the reality. It is a mash up of adventure, metaphysics, science and history, set against the canvas of North America during World War 1.
Three meta-themes are interwoven with the tale of the Maharajagar;
1. The All is a projection of informational modulated energy waves by a cosmically horizon on the time-space continuum.
2. Synchronicity is a phenomenon that comes to us with a message.
3. The Long Now is the only time concept to give a lasting meaning to our thinking and, hopefully consequent, actions.
I have worked three years on the first two parts of this novel. The first year was spent on researching my topics, the second on writing a first draft and the third year on editing their contend. For that last purpose I’ve used the services of Sarah Weber who works for the Yellow Bird editors, based in Austin (TX). Right know, the first book is going through the final stage of proof printing at CreateSpace but isn’t published yet. I hope to finish a first draft of the third volume by the end of this year.
The first book contains 70,240 and the second book contains 66,400 words.
Always at your disposal for further information,