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Gareth Cadwallader

States of Man

Tender, nostalgic, romantic, funny, absurd, magically real, speculative, ironic, nightmarish, entertaining and elegantly rendered…these stories span a century of Man’s consciousness.
Once, a man might be a Gatsby chasing his girl half-way around the world, the captain of a football World Cup winning side, a raging Picasso bull in a mythical maze refusing to yield lover or art till his last mortality-defiant egotistic gasp. Straightforward enough choices, dreams, behaviour.
Suddenly he is man interrupted, underwhelmed, overworked, ridiculed, young, rock-solid or unreliable family man, father, husband, friend; his freedom evaporates: he’s globe-trotting inbox-fatigued nonsense-hearing corporate, military civil-serving quiet ministry of Everyman. He’s so exasperated he might just run away and prop up a bar, or contemplate mild treachery just to get by, and he’s put-upon, boy is he put upon, as he zigzags over #TimesUp, political correctness, game theory, oh… and… the women in his life.
Now here he stands staring down the barrel of the 21st Century — he’s superman, he’s transhuman, he’s disassembling, he’s nearly done for
…or is he?

134 printed pages
Original publication
2019

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