Renowned author Marina Biti unveils her latest masterpiece, "LENNON: Like Swimming in the Air," a dramatic playscript that delves into the captivating and imaginative inner world of one of the world's most influential figures, John Lennon. Seamlessly blending fiction and historical facts, Biti crafts an allegorical tale that invites readers to explore the final moments of Lennon's life through a tapestry of memories, dreams, and emotions.
Drawing from meticulously researched biographies and an intimate understanding of Lennon's life, Biti introduces readers to a world where fantasy and reality merge, giving birth to a surreal and empathetic exploration of Lennon's psyche. The writing unfolds between the moments when Lennon is struck by fatal gunshots and the instant of his passing, offering a unique perspective on his thoughts, emotions, and relationships.
"LENNON: Like Swimming in the Air" casts a dreamlike reimagining of individuals who shaped Lennon's existence, including Yoko Ono, Stuart Sutcliffe, his mother Julia, May Pang, and the iconic members of The Beatles, alongside their manager Brian Epstein. These characters form the backdrop against which Lennon's mental journey unfolds, interwoven with historical events like the death of his mother, the loss of Stuart Sutcliffe, the passing of Brian Epstein, and the poignant moments that defined his musical journey.
Marina Biti masterfully guides readers through Lennon's mental landscape, evoking the intense mental activity that accompanies the shocking experience of impending death. The narrative traverses extraordinary sensations – detachment from the body, encounters with deceased loved ones, and flashes of light – alongside moments of anguish and emptiness. The crux of the story emerges when Lennon confronts the embodiment of death itself, culminating in a powerful dialogue with his own killer, Mark Chapman.
As readers embark on this allegorical odyssey, they'll find a symphony of allusions to Lennon's and The Beatles' iconic lyrics, resonating with songs like "Let It Be," "Imagine," "Revolution," "Strawberry Fields Forever," and "The Long and Winding Road." The playscript also draws from the music of Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, and Julian Lennon, enriching the emotional tapestry of the narrative.
"LENNON: Like Swimming in the Air" is an introspective exploration of Lennon's life, a tribute to his legacy, and a meditation on the complexities of existence. Biti masterfully captures the heart and soul of a cultural icon, inviting readers to traverse the emotional terrain of an extraordinary life cut short by tragedy.
About The Author:
Marina Biti is a professor of literature and stylistics at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. She has family ties to London (U.K.) and significant international teaching experience. She is currently a visiting professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul-Yongin, South Korea). Besides academic books and articles, she is also a published author of three novels, written in Croatian, and of a bilingual (Croatian and English) libretto for a musical entitled In the City of St. Vitus.
Book Name: Lennon: Like Swimming in the Air
Author Name: Marina Biti
ISBN Number: 978-1916761223
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