THE WRITING OF YELENA CALAVERA
The great Russian novelist and polemicist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said "Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers — such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a façade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read."
During these incendiary times in which we find ourselves, literature has the capacity to illuminate the darkness and help us chart a course through choppy waters.
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"You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally."
Dreaming In the City - The Dystopian Dreampunk Weblog
Yelena Calavera is a lover of multimedia storytelling and author of all things dreampunk. Her stories are philosophical faerie tales for adults, with more than a touch of noir and just a sprinkle of apocalypse to keep you on your toes.
By Yelena Calavera
Anna’s job is to create voice recordings of subliminally encoded advertisements and propagate them to Virtual Archetypes - groups of citizens with very distinct sets of character traits - whose lives have been mapped out from early childhood to old age by the range of products they will consume at each stage of the evolution of their identities. She gets involved with a rebel faction known as the Black Underground and becomes entangled in an operation that could plunge mankind over the edge of the abyss.
‘Letters to the Black Underground’ is a novel about what we might do in order to be free in an age dominated by information, where the sum total of who we are has dwindled down to the size of a social media avatar, and capitalism has become a freewheeling experiment that is endangering life as we know it. It explores how consumptive narcissism has degraded our ability to be intimate, and examines the effects of the corrosive forces at the heart of modern society.