Ray Bawarchi Voltaire's Walkabout

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Voltaire's Walkabout

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A traditional Aborigine named KUNMANARA (protagonist) emerges from the Northern Desert of Australia and begins a Walkabout. At night, in the Dream Time, he converses with the philosopher, VOLTAIRE, who also teaches him French. While traveling around the world, he is imprisoned and tortured at Guantanamo in a case of mistaken identity. Escaping only to become a pawn in international politics, he finally finds sanity in the Stone Age. Along the way, he accidentally goes on hajj, becomes a rock star, and is even briefly worshipped as a demigod, all the while fleeing the ever ubiquitous men with guns. He finally returns to Australia and disappears into the Outback. A scathing indictment of political posturing and religious fanaticism, Voltaire s Walkabout is populated by an assortment of cowardly politicians, pompous celebrities, religious fanatics and, as noted, men with guns. The Nobel Savage turned on its head; the novel is ultimately a commentary on the absurdity of modern life. Questioning commonly held assumptions concerning the nature of progress and knowledge, Voltaire s Walkabout serves as a warning regarding the denigration of indigenous cultures. Misperceived as simplistic and primitive by those who meet him, the protagonist is the epitome of a transcendent being, a model of clarity for confused times.

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Ray Bawarchi is an author who lives in the mountains near Asheville, NC. A novelist and political opinion writer, his works have appeared in newspapers around the world. In 2008 he wrote a series of articles for New Europe, a newspaper headquartered in Brussels, focusing on the American election. Bawarchi has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and often brings that knowledge base to both news analysis and in the development of the characters in his novels. In addition to the above, Bawarchi will debut a syndicated column of political opinion and commentary that will appear in newspapers and websites throughout the country. Homepage: raybawarchi net. Novels: The Dirt People (2007) this novel explores the political and psychological underpinnings of the failure to address the environmental crisis. Well received, the novel was nominated for an independent publisher s award and has been used in several college classes. Voltaire s Walkabout (2009) currently in press, this novel is a satirical take on the modern world. A scathing attack on religious fanaticism and political inaction, the novel openly questions assumptions concerning progress and knowledge. Opinion Column: By the Light of the Morning Fire debuting October 26th, to coincide with the publication of his next book, this column of political commentary and new analysis will appear in newspapers throughout the country. Set as a counterbalance to the usual group of conservative and moderate commentators, Bawarchi presents a uniquely leftist viewpoint. Receiving a boost in publicity when attacked by Rush Limbaugh for a column on the history of U.S. foreign policy, Bawarchi openly challenges the prevailing mindset of misinformation and mediocrity that exists today. Weblog: Bawarchi s Blast a blog of political commentary and more. Featuring all original content, this site tracks many of the relevant debates of the day including a focus on sustainability and political accountability. This blog may be viewed at blogspot raybawarchi.

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