an autobiography by Michael Charles Tobias
With an Afterword by Michael Pastore
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Paperback edition (September 2013)
Nonfiction; 260 pages; 6″ x 9″
This Zorba Press edition of Michael Tobias’ novel, Biotopia, has never been published before, in any format.
A middle-aged ecologist battling depression discovers with each compulsive foray a renewed passion for the beauty of life. As he searches for the ideal place in which to say “Goodbye” he finds, rather, more and more reason to say “Hello!” Self-eulogies become instead paens to the joy of living. What began as a despairing plunge from a cliff in Bhutan, a deliberate shipwreck in the South Pacific, to various pursuits across most of the world, are scientifically and aesthetically dissected as the Author’s odyssey backfires wonderfully into an exalted epic diary.
With each near destruction, our character resurrects himself in eclectic essays where out of melancholy emerges addicting queries critical to this and every age; and a morbid obsession with the romance of death is transformed into a deep commitment on behalf of all those still alive.
Relentless metamorphoses re-envision the central character’s Being – his mission, his tactics, his hopes – as he becomes mesmerized by, and rallies to convey something of the sheer poetic splendor of the Creation…. Until Tobias’ great art-form provides a remarkable Manifesto; potent reasons for carrying on, in spite of the obvious existential adversities resulting from our own human presence.
Bold and ultimately cathartic, this dazzling roman à cléf heralds a psychoanalytic view of the human condition that brings a terrifying energy to bear on what it might mean to be mortal in the heart of paradise. Michael Charles Tobias’ 45th book is an unforgettable philosophical and artistic voyage extraordinaire.
Praise for Biotopia
I know no book that streams on you with so many rivulets, each flowing to enrich every realm of your being–mind, imagination, awareness of mortality and the eternal … You, Reader, may never encounter a more diverse, poly-dimensional, integrating sea of knowledge.
Some readers may be perplexed or impatient with the simultaneous firings of Tobias’ mind — but if they stay with the surging flow they will gain significant insights — awareness and recognition — on the immensity and richness of life.
— Thanasis Maskaleris, author of The Terrestrial Gospel of Nikos Kazantzakis
About the Author, Michael Tobias
Michael Tobias is a global ecologist, author, and filmmaker. He obtained his Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness at the University of California-Santa Cruz and has lectured widely. In 1996, Tobias received the “Courage of Conscience Award” for his commitment to animals. In 2004 he was awarded the Parabola Focus Award for his lifetime body of work. Tobias is married to artist, ecologist, and co-author and filmmaker, Jane Gray Morrison.
Tobias is the author of 45 books (including several edited anthologies of both fiction and non-fiction). Some of his better-known works include: World War III: Population and the Biosphere at the End of the Millennium, Preface by Jane Goodall; Voice of the Planet; A Vision of Nature: Traces of the Original World; Nature’s Keepers: On the Frontlines of the Fight to Save Wildlife in America; A Day in the Life of India; Deva; After Eden: History, Ecology, and Conscience; The Mountain Spirit (co-edited), Mountain People (ed.), Voices From the Underground: For the Love of Animals; Deep Ecology (ed.) Environmental Meditation; Life Force: The World of Jainism; Jan & Catharina; Rage & Reason; Donkey – The Mystique of Equus Asinus (co-authored with Jane Gray Morrison); A Naked Man; Chateau Beyond Time; Sanctuary -Global Oases of Innocence (co-authored with Jane Gray Morrison); Dubai -24 Hours; Kinship With Animals (co-edited); The Soul of Nature (co-edited); A Parliament of Science: Science For the 21st Century (co-edited); A Parliament of Minds: Philosophy for a New Millennium (co-edited) and A Parliament of Souls: In Search of Global Spirituality (co-edited).
Tobias has written, directed, and produced well over 125 films–including TV series, documentaries and dramas, most pertaining to environmental, cultural, social or scientific issues. Some of those works include the 15-part series A Parliament of Minds, the 28-part series A Parliament of Souls, the ten-hour dramatic miniseries Voice of the Planet, and such other works as Ahimsa: Non-Violence, Black Tide, Antarctica: The Last Continent, A Day in the Life of India, A Day in the Life of Ireland, World War III, The Sky’s On Fire, River of Love, America’s Great Parks, Element One, The Cost of Cool, Cloudwalker, Kazantzakis, and three recent feature films, Mad Cowboy, No Vacancy and Hotspots, a six-hour trilogy for public broadcasting.