The Eighth Wonder of the World

But he went on, driven by the urge to express the idea of the Eighth Wonder of the World as clearly as possible—the idea that had taken possession of his jumbled gray cells. “Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,” Alexander continued, ...

The Eighth Wonder of the World

In his novel The Eighth Wonder of the World, Plevnes takes his dark sense of humor and undeniable wit on a search for a common ground in an uncommon world. His protagonist Alexander Simsar, during the last 3.3 seconds of his life in Berlin in 1989 (weeks before the fall of Berlin Wall), envisions the creation of a monument—an eighth wonder of the world—that would embrace humanity in all its layers and countenances. In this absurdist novel, Plevnes invents a utopia that unites many of the differences in the world: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and even Satanism. The Eighth Wonder of the World is yet another of Jordan Plevnes’s parables of hope. His preoccupation with the role of beauty in the context of social, religious, and cultural differences is front and center, as is his central question: Does humanism have a prospect of survival in the future of humankind? Plevnes suggests that survival and idealism can be found in beauty and art —and that only beauty and art have the power to save the world.

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