The Potemkin Mosaic is the dream journal of a man who is losing his mind. Black market dream doctor Harry Potemkin edits people’s memories for a living, and when he suspects that his own memories are being edited, he starts writing down his dreams. As Harry deconstructs his dreams, he discovers that he — Harry Potemkin — may not be a real person. His entire life might be nothing more than a persona adopted by someone else as a way of coping with mental trauma. As Harry falls farther and farther into the dream world, he discovers both a secret history of dreams and a covert conspiracy run by a pharmaceutical corporation who has been testing mind-altering drugs on unknown patients for decades. The Potemkin Mosaic turns traditional narrative problems on their heads. Harry’s investigation into his identity is a surreal, self-devouring tour de force into the associative dreamscapes of contemporary consciousness. Who are we? may be the ultimate question we all face, but Harry takes it one step further and wonders: Who are we when we dream, and is that our true identity?
“Easily one of the most remarkable offerings [at Farrago’s Wainscot].”
The Endicott Studio for Mythic Arts
“The Oneiromantic Mosaic of Harry Potemkin is a magnificent freakshow, a choose-your-own adventure by and for psychotic mystics. Do. Go. Take the big pill.”
author of The Patron Saint of Plagues and The Magician and the Fool
“Potemkin reaches into the ethereal, grasps its strands, and becomes enmeshed in the mists of dream, puncturing the veil, from time to time, in sudden moments of startling lucidity, only to find that beyond that veil is another and another and another. It is an ambitious work, a labyrinthine carnival that leaves the reader clutching at the ever shifting walls of reality and perception—the author’s, the reader’s, and that of Potemkin himself. Read, wander, lose your self, and try to find your self again. Sleep easy, if you can.”
World Fantasy Award-winning co-editor of Leviathan 3, author of Fugue XXIX and Heraclix and Pomp