The Silence

By Don Pizzarello

Draft 1 Posted Date: 7/3/2015

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About the Book:

The setting is an unnamed location in an unnamed land. The characters, all unnamed, include the narrator, under a punishment called "The Silence," alone on a small island, forbidden from having any contact with anyone except Visitors sent to him by the Judges that passed sentence on him. The narrator does not know what crime or sin he has committed but is told he can use The Silence to search his mind and discover his wrong. He is subjected to cruel temptations to break The Silence. His conflict is to keep The Silence and hope to discover within himself his crime or sin and achieve redemption or submit to the blandishments of tempters who try to seduce him to leave the island and flee his sentence.

About the Author:

Don Pizzarello is a retired Professor of Radiology from New York University School of Medicine in New York City. He's the author or co-author of 3 textbooks in the basic science of radiology and one dealing with concepts in cancer care as well as numerous research reports. He lectured widely throughout the US and Canada. He has had a long time interest in writing fiction. Several of his short stories have won prizes and Book has recently published an e-book of his collected stories.. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, a daughter and her husband and 3 other children as well. His interests include history, biography, classical music, theater, travel, and cooking.

Author's Note:

My main question to reviewers is whether this story is convincing. The situation is not "real," but will the reader be able to identify with the narrator? Does the story take place in the narrator's mind, a terrible nightmare? Is he suffering from a guilty conscience, a sin or crime he's repressed? Or is he the victim of Original Sin, a sin we have not committed but for which we much seek forgiveness to achieve redemption? What do the Visitors represent and what or who does the picture represent?

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