Fiction. Vassily, the voice of Noah Cicero's new novel, is a different sort of insurgent. An insurgent battling abjection, poverty, and depression in a 21st century Middle America rapidly devolving into Third World inscrutability. In his fifth work of fiction, the Rustbelt's voice of defiance puts forth his most anti-heroic message to date, bringing us back to the "homeland" to see that the real insurgency lies within ourselves.
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Noah Cicero lives in Ohio. His short stories have appeared in many magazines and webzines, including Reflections, The Surface, New Horizon, Brittle Star, Poindexter, AnotheRealm, Ygdrasil, Grundle Ink, Retort, Crimson Feet Connected, Jacob's Ladder, One Forty Two, Nth Position, Identity Theory, Newtopia, Subterranean Quarterly, Black Ice, and others. He also writes social commentary in collaboration with Oma Mullins.Review:
Some novelists gently chisel their thoughts and ideas into refined, disciplined works of art, taking care to respect tradition and leave nary a flake of rock where unneeded. By contrast, ulcerous Ohioan Noah Cicero uses the language like a baseball bat, pounding his mind and soul and channeling his rage and suffering through the simplest form imaginable, a style he calls existential minimalism...Fans of Beckett and Bukowski are hereby placed on notice. --Emerson Dameron, Zine World
The strife and anger that resides and breeds like a mutated rabbit in such an unsettling city as Youngstown is found in all of Noah's words. Noah's words hold harshness and quickness to them, and with most stories being built on character's thoughts rather than long drawn out dialogue, the true presence of Youngstown is always felt in how characters tend to abide in a vulgar anger reaction to the hopelessness of their situation. All this creates a trademark that always points back to Youngstown, just like how the echo of the doom sound Tony Iommi made in Black Sabbath always harked back to life in the unemployed city of Birmingham, England no matter what pile of apocalyptic visions Ozzy sang about. --Matt DeBenedictis
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