A university historian from Toulouse takes a trip to the Mount Athos peninsula in Greece with the purpose of writing a book on Athanasius the Athonite, builder of the Great Lavra Monastery. Intending to research old documents and visit several monasteries scattered along the mountain of this ancient homeland of the gods, he encounters religious characters completely absorbed by the modern digital age and the system it imposes to control every aspect of human existence. These encounters switch the course of the events.
An ascending parable, the story traces the historian’s efforts to rise above the fog that has emerged from mankind’s grid of knowledge. Overcoming the Cloud marks a reunion of mankind’s deep impulse for freedom and its reconnection with nature.
A deep reflection of today’s society is there to be found in the happenings of this enchanting dystopian fiction.
Educated as an architect and engineer, Anthony Caine is an American living in Prague, Czech Republic. From 1979 to 1989 his architectural firm in New York City, Proposition Architecture, PC was an active participant in the development of lower Manhatten’s loft conversions. His design work remains visible in Lower Manhattan. In 1991 he accepted an invitation from the Chief Architect of Prague to assist in that city’s transformation to a market economy. He has lived there ever since, developing properties, teaching university students, and consulting on matters of urban development.
Fog Bound is Anthony’s first novel. He began writing fiction shortly after moving to the Czech Republic, initially as a way to bring his own personal perspective to the dramatic changes accompanying his new life in Central Europe. Thirty years later, his serious focus on creative writing crystallised with the arrival of the Covid pandemic. Since then, he has authored a number of short stories, twenty of which have been assembled in a sequential anthology entitled Dragonflies. When not working or writing, Anthony enjoys caring for his horses, riding, and sometimes playing a little polo.