After a series of unpublished books, a novelist becomes obsessed with the idea of uploading his consciousness into a cloud and asks a former student to document his efforts (“Encomium of Glass”). A brilliant but melancholy young architect travels to Ukraine with a colleague after the fall of the iron curtain and finds himself in a graveyard of Soviet monuments (“Suedehead”). And after being released from an Egyptian prison, a deprogrammed Islamist has a strange encounter one night at the MoMA (“The Lovers”). These are three of the ten stories in The Unified Field of Loneliness. From Paris, to New York, to Vienna, to London, they locate characters living in a condition of terror, solipsism and displacement in the technological age.
Jared Marcel Pollen was born in Canada. He studied politics and literature at the University of
Windsor and received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in NY. His work has appeared in
The Millions, 3:AM Magazine, Salo Press and Political Animal, among others. He currently
lives in Prague.