Great Art Should Inspire Change, Question Beliefs

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Mahra Casden's new novel addresses human cruelty, isolation and individual thinking.

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'Survival' is a slamming indictment of the worst in human nature on the personal, societal and political levels. We all have the potential in us to unleash the cruelty in our nature, but do we allow its unfettered expression?

Mahra Casden uses the written word as her way of expressing frustrations with society in the hopes of making readers think about their actions and behavior.

“Writing is how I try to come to grips with and make sense of the chaos,” Casden said. “All art is a form of self-healing, and it is how I try to affect change, however small, in the world.”

The author’s new book, “Survival,” is a strong female narrator’s diary in which she communicates her darkest secrets and deepest thoughts, while pretending to toe the line of insanity in order to survive institutionalization.

Just like Casden, writing is how the narrator, born into a privileged violently overthrown elite, deals with the person she has become, re-experiencing the cruelties of the individual and political circumstances that have brought her to this point.

“I wanted to make people think and question,” Casden said. “‘Survival’ is a slamming indictment of the worst in human nature on the personal, societal and political levels. We all have the potential in us to unleash the cruelty in our nature, but do we allow its unfettered expression?”

Survival
By Mahra Casden
ISBN: 9781483417936 (sc)
9781483417929 (e-book)
Available on the LULU Publishing online bookstore

About the author

Mahra Casden, born and raised in South Africa, currently resides in Jerusalem. Her passion for literature began at age ten, when she read her first literary work, “Jane Eyre,” and discovered the potential for creating worlds that illuminate truths. Volatile environments in which violence is believed to solve all problems inspire her thought-provoking writing. “Survival” is her first published work of fiction.

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