From the Inside Flap
First pain, then knowledge. It’s the turn of the twenty-first century and Square, Oval, and the other inhabitants of Flatland find themselves slipping into a postbiological future where lying down with the scalpel is as common as buying and selling genes. VAS tells the story of one family at this moment in time, looking at what the body has been while imagining what it—and we—might become. Printed in the colors of flesh and blood, this stunning imagetext novel is ultimately the story of finding one’s identity within the double helix of language and lineage.
“A beautifully vibrant collaboration, VAS balances terrifying facts and a desperate humor with ease. . . .Reading VAS, I felt pushed a bit higher above our own cultural Flatland, an experience both disturbing and enlightening, and one for which I am grateful.”—Review of Contemporary Fiction “This constitutes a leap forward for the genre we call ‘novel.’ Collapsing nonfiction into fiction, women’s reproductive concerns into men’s, history into present, work into play—this novel takes juxtaposition and digression to new heights.”—American Book Review
“Visually brilliant…VAS: An Opera in Flatland redesigns the novel, taking it to a dimension beyond the one in which it ordinarily lives.”—Rain Taxi
About the Author
Steve Tomasula is the author of the novels The Book of Portraiture (FC2); In & Oz (Ministry of Whimsy Press); and VAS: AN OPERA IN FLATLAND, an acclaimed novel of the biotech revolution. Incorporating narrative forms of all kinds--from comic books, travelogues, journalism or code to Hong Kong action movies or science reports--Tomasula's writing has been called a "reinvention of the novel, '"combining an "attention to society in the tradition of Orwell, attention to language in the tradition of Beckett, and the humor of a Coover or Pynchon." His writing often crosses visual, as well as written genres, drawing on science and the arts to take up themes of how we represent what we think we know, and how these representations shape our lives. His short fiction has been published widely, and most recently in McSweeney's, DENVER QUARTERLY, Fiction International, and the Iowa Review, where he received the Iowa Prize for the most distinguished work published in any genre. Tomasula holds a doctorate in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and teaches in the program for writers at the University of Notre Dame.