Serial publication of My Way to Canossa, a novel by David Brendan O'Meara, begins on Thursday, March 1, 2018 on daveomeara.com and on medium.com. There are 107 episodes, which, if all goes well, will be published daily until Tuesday, June 16, 2018.

My Way to Canossa contains five novellas—one impossible blog, three investigations into three very bad histories, and one regretful recollection—that each have something to do with the Walk to Canossa, the semi-famous (or semi-obscure) event from the year 1077, when an Emperor knelt in the snow outside the gates of a castle to beg forgiveness from a Pope.

But this is not an historical novel of the Middle Ages.

Instead, My Way to Canossa is a sad, dark comedy that unfolds amid the reactionary politics and technological transformations of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. It's a novel about the uses and misuses of history, and about the construction and the consumption and the selling of historical narratives.

Above all, it’s the story of the lonely, obscure, and sometimes disposable lives of those who try to imagine the past.

If reading a 100,000 word novel in 107 episodes on the internet seems too much for you, you are welcome to Buy the Book.

At Bills words, the man
In the bed began to turn, to roll
Himself
Over, in the careful way
That becomes instinctive when your kneecap
Is broken: first he planted

Listen / Escuche:

Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Parsimony, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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Who was tending the store while I
Gave evidence
That Monday morning? It was Paulie, my boss, the owner
Of Omni
Video. Now, Ive known Paulie

Listen / Escuche:

Group Theory, written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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That night,
In that train station—

I mean
Here, in this—

This place

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Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Teratology, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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El Bosque de Chapultapec— “Los árboles de ese lugar tienen formas extrañas, se hallan como aplastados por un peso invisible.”

Hace mucho tiempo leí en alguna parte sobre una estrategia en lógica matemática  que al principio me rompió la cabeza y luego me dejó pensando: reconozco esta estrategia. Es lo que hacen los buenos escritores de ficción, o al menos un subconjunto de los buenos escritores de ficción: quienes se esfuerzan por alcanzar dos metas aparentemente incompatibles: entretenernos con lo fantástico y al mismo tiempo decirnos algo de verdad acerca del mundo. Desde entonces, me he fijado de vez en cuando en los atisbos de esta estrategia en un cuento aquí y una novela allá. Recientemente, descubrí un ejemplo muy sutil e interesante en el relato mexicano “Tenga para que se entretenga” por José Emilio Pacheco.

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“But the last time
I saw you,I said, you were on
A ventilator. Yesterday, downstairs, in the Cardiac
ICU....

“Oh yes, yes, of course,said Bill. I have heard
Reports

Listen / Escuche:

Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Parsimony, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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What was so funny
About Gunther Mandrake? Well, nothing, really—
To judge
From the faces of the cop and the D.A—
Id only
Heard the name once

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Group Theory, written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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And so, for some time now,
Ive been alone,
Undisturbed
By the presence or absence, the desire
Or disgust
Of any overnight companions. The train station is still

Listen / Escuche:

Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Teratology, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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