Hold on to your chair or you will be totally transported out of your comfort zone by local author Chris Katsaropoulos’ new novel. Published just as NOVA is featuring new programs on String Theory, Antiphony (Luminis Books) does what its title intends — it ensnares you with “alternative or responsive ideas or opinions.” The juxtaposing takes place in the mind of Theodore Reveil, described as “one of the leading lights in String Theory.”
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t the foggiest idea what String Theory is or why anyone wants to debate its virtues or vices as the definitive answer to what holds our universe together. What does matter is that you will fall down a metaphorical rabbit hole alongside a scientist driven to prove his theory. When the glow of surety is clouded by doubt, Reveil, pun intend, gets unstrung.
Antiphony follows in the wake of Katsaropoulos’ mesmerizing first novel, Fragile (2009), a collection of fragments spoken by three voices that eventually cohere in an unexpected way.
The lyrical writing in Antiphony deftly dances between Reveil’s meandering thoughts and the world in which he is moving about. It starts with Reveil wondering: “What if the universe, instead of being a giant machine, is really a giant thought?” It ends with a shocking revelation about one human in the pursuit of one truth. Katsaropoulos is an emerging fresh literary voice not to be overlooked.