ANN ARBOR, Mich. (PRWEB) June 19, 2014
Combining fiction with fact in a sometimes-hallucinatory narrative, “The Architect’s Suicide: A Fictional Account” (published by iUniverse) by author and architect R M Beckley brings readers into the convoluted life and mysterious disappearance of a fictional American architect in this fragmented novel.
“I have fictionalized real characters and situations to illustrate the challenges faced by many architects today, hoping the public will grow to develop a more nuanced view of the architect’s enterprise and help the architectural profession take stock of itself,” Beckley says of his book.
An architect named Robert A. Michael – a anti-hero loosely inspired by Ayn Rand’s main character Howard Roark in “The Fountainhead” – reads the aforementioned book, identifying with the notion of an autonomous individual of independent-mindedness and integrity.
When Robert mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead by suicide, an architectural critic attempts to solve the case, speculating that Robert’s disappearance marks the end of the modern era and the death of the heroic portrayal of architects as depicted by Rand in “The Fountainhead.”
“The Architect’s Suicide”
By R M Beckley
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 182 pages | ISBN 9781491734452
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 182 pages | ISBN 9781491734445
E-Book | 182 pages | ISBN 9781491734469
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
R M Beckley has an extensive background in architectural education and practice. A principal of his own firms, tenured professor and administrator in highly regarded universities, he has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Design Institute. Beckley has also been chosen to play leadership roles in national organizations that represent higher education and community development. “The Architect’s Suicide” is his first novel.
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