New Ebooks by Michael Tobias
ZORBA PRESS (www.zorbapress.com) is thrilled to announce a new exhibition of 11 works by the novelist and non-fiction author, Michael Charles Tobias.
First to emerge will be The Adventures of Mr. Marigold (see the book’s web page). First published by Craig Potton Publishing in Nelson, New Zealand in three special hardback editions, this first ever ebook edition makes the complete text — 1836 pages, illustrated by Craig Potton — available to readers worldwide.
Tobias’ novel, 21st Century Solitude is now available (see the book’s web page). An original ebook with Zorba Press, this haunting, provocative and devastating novel evokes a complex character study at the heart of our most refined proclivity: child bearing and parenthood and what these two biological conundrums mean to someone more accustomed to bird watching than coping with the human condition. A psychological and scientific thriller, set largely in the state of Georgia.
Tobias’ joyous libretto is titled The Misadventures of Pinocchio (see the book’s web page). This work breathes pleasure, invokes a sense of such radical fun — from Italian politics to animal rights — as to beg the issue of an opera, for which it was written.
Professor Parrot and the Secret of the Blue Cupboard. (see the book’s web page). This masterful Doctor Dolittle-like thriller for the 21st century is the first of a series of Professor Parrot novels that will reawaken the child in every adult, just as Hugh Lofting’s Dolittle brought adults back to their hidden lofts, tree-houses, mountain caves and inner sanctums.
Tobias’ exquisitely bizarre The Strange Life & Disappearance of English Milligrams (see the book’s web page) is a novel set in contemporary San Francisco, that moves from California to West Africa. A maladjusted, retired sewage works expert discovers what it means to be free; the risks inherent to freedom; and the terrifying discovery of love, between two equally forceful lures — suicide, and the heroism of daily life, as Carl Jung put it.
Biotopia is a utopian hybrid of fiction and non-fiction, twenty-years in the works, as well as Tobias’s second semi-autobiographical work, the first being his book, A Vision of Nature – Traces of the Original World (Kent State University Press, 1995). This challenging collection of some fifty ecclectic essays marks the 45th book written by Tobias, and perhaps his most challenging. “Biotopia” is a new form of writing; a new form of thinking; an altogether alien construct of zoosemiotics, impossible geography, hermeneutics-gone-wild, old-world philosophy, comparative literature and religion, aesthetic history, exploration off the map, rogue epistemology, inoperable metaphysics, literary heresy, and deeply personal introspection that takes its place in the long tradition of controversial confessionals, beginning with Marcus Aurelius.
Central Park: A Conversation In Three Acts is a play based in Central Park that features a squirrel and the Carlyle Hotel. This is a “Waiting For Godot” waiting to be embraced by the 21st century.
Felham’s War is a screenplay, based upon Tobias’ controversial novel, “Rage & Reason” — one of the most sought after animal liberation works of fiction worldwide, with translations from India, to Scotland to Italy to Turkey. This film adaptation is devastating, and available for the first time ever, as a Zorba Press ebook.
A Naked Man (screenplay). This is the thrilling screenplay version of the novel described below.
A Naked Man (novel). A Jewish garment district executive in downtown Los Angeles loses everything over the course of a tumultuous weekend, only to find himself seated beside a homeless person in his parking lot late one Winter’s night. He gives the cold and needy stranger his clothes, having had a multitude of traumas, epiphanies and memories from some strange, exotic past, totally familiar to him — from ancient India. Leonard Rosenbalm procedes to walk naked into the sunrise in downtown Los Angeles. He is arrested, removed to a mental ward, and for 72-hours examined, while his business partner, wife and daughter are going crazy. In the meantime, an Indian lawyer reads the account in the newspaper of a detained “naked man” and has his own strange deja vu about his own Jain upbringing in India. This attorney takes on the middle-aged Mr. Rosenbalm as a client. There is a media frenzy that explodes when a 7th Day Adventist Judge declares that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was written precisely for people like Mr. Rosenbalm. All the homeless of Los Angeles flock to his side as he commences one of the most remarkable, and thrilling journeys since Lewis and Clark.
The ebook second edition of Tobias’ early work, Environmental Meditation, first published in the early 1990s, is one of the most deeply satisfying, personal contemplations of nature since George Marsh, Henry David Thoreau, and Aldo Leopold; a tradition of nature metaphysics now made available to readers everywhere.
are being donated to the
Dancing Star Foundation (www.dancingstarfoundation.org).