KANADA is a comic novel filled with darkness, a spiritual cousin to Franz Kafka's AMERIKA, starring a troubled and stumbling man named “I” — an experimental novel fusing humour and nightmare.
This serialized novella is the main attraction at my Patreon. Only a very early version of the first chapter was ever published, and then only in a small chapbook edition of less than 50 copies. Now, finally, I'm publishing the entire novella, which constitutes 1/3 of a planned novel.
As we reach the end of the novella, hopefully we will also reach a funding goal that allows me to continue the novel. KANADA is all planned out, and just needs to be written at this point. The novella of the first third, however, simply needs revision, which I will complete as I post new sections.
Kafka's AMERIKA opens with an eager, optimistic immigrant happily spying the Statue of Liberty, which holds a sword aloft (instead of a torch). That strange little narrative shift from our world into a surreal world is mimicked in KANADA, where Winnipeg's “Golden Boy” also holds a sword, but more radically the entire city core is surrounded by a massive wall of black metal designed to keep its denizens downtown. KANADA is a comic novel, but also partakes of magic realism in this manner, and has a strange, Kafkan darkness at its own core.
I've launched a website, KANADAnovel.com, which will later contain more information on the book.
For now, sign up for the first few chapters, free to your email, and please consider supporting me through Patreon for FULL ACCESS to the rest as it is published.