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The Strange Life and Disappearance of English Milligrams

a novel by Michael Tobias

Published by Zorba Press
Paperback edition: Available now! (April 2012)
Nonfiction; 300 pages; 6″ x 9″
ISBN: 978-0927379311
Price: Paperback $ 20

This Zorba Press edition of Michael Tobias’ novel, The Strange Life and Disappearance of English Milligrams, has never been published before, in any format.

In this stunning novel by Michael Charles Tobias, the world is at the end of its tether, and a man in tune with all the great mysteries, but a man of no special consequence or particular learning, discovers that his life is no longer necessary, or not to him. In this gripping, by turns terrifying and blithe, deeply revealing confessional of highly refined fiction, the reasons for Being, or for Nothingness, are uncovered in the person of a single, vulnerable human being. The Strange Life & Disappearance of English Milligrams is at once a breakthrough work of art that pins the last hope for redemption in this world on the love of nature. Love unobstructed; love that transcends all pain, perplexity, self-doubt. A love whose masochism, in this case, turns to some of the most ecstatic, unexpected chapters in the annals of literature. A man seeking final resolution to his own miseries becomes one of the most unheralded, puzzling — often enlightened — characters to ever emerge from the ashes of a confessional.

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.