Ithaca, NY, January 26, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Novelist TR Hanes announced today the release of Lazarus in the Labyrinth, published by Outskirts Press. The author’s most recent work takes readers on an intricately contrived journey of ideas about depression, death, religion and resurrection and leads to an alternate reality about the nature of consciousness that some will find disturbing, some enthralling.
Reno Antonin is a successful athlete and university professor who finds himself falling into a deep depression after a series of medical crises and after the slow exposure of a previously repressed memory of one dark event in his life decades earlier. Taking the advice of his sister, a practicing psychotherapist, Reno embarks on a quest to “kill the Minotaur in the labyrinth,” as his therapist defines his archetypal approach.
The therapy fails; but rather than turn to religion as a salve to his psychological wounds, Reno begins to examine his own hospital experiences as a resolution for his depression. He comes to believe that the more times he has been anaesthetized for his surgeries, the more he has an idea of what actual death might be like. Under anesthesia, he has no consciousness, no awareness, no feelings, no dreams.
Reno accepts the view of death as a void, a nothingness, a vacuum. There is no afterlife. If some form of one’s consciousness does not live on forever, he realizes, there is no longer any need to fear death.
When the anesthesiologist has neutralized the effects of the anesthesia, Reno sees that his consciousness has been switched back on. He has been “resurrected.”
These conclusions about death are reinforced when Reno meets members of a secret society who perform their own personal death dramas in rites loosely based on the Eleusinian mysteries. Resurrections are based on the story of Lazarus, who failed, after he was resurrected, to report any afterlife because he had experienced none.
As a therapeutic approach, Reno then realizes , when one is “resurrected” after going through the death drama, all one’s problems are solved because one’s old consciousness -- and the problems it contained -- no longer exist.
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-8471-3 SRP: $15.95
OP e-Book $ 5.00
Genre: Fiction/psychological/Jungian/psychology of religion
About the author:
TR Hanes studied at Johns Hopkins and earned his PhD. at Cornell. His chosen profession allowed him the privilege of living and working in a number of countries in South America, Africa, and the Middle East where he got to know some of the local people and their culture. He usually felt he was helping people, but all was not perfect, however. There were some trying times when he felt like scrapping everything and going back to the safety and comfort of his own country. As he’s gotten older, like most people, he wonders what the end of life might bring. His second book, Lazarus in the Labyrinth, attempts to deal with this most important of all human issues as a novel of ideas about religion, death and resurrection. Hanes is now retired and leads a quiet life in Ithaca, New York with a partner, a dog and a beautiful garden.
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