My Way to Canossa

a novel by

David Brendan O'Meara


My Way to Canossa contains five long stores -- one impossible blog, three investigations into three very unreliable histories, and  one regretful recollection -- that each have something to do with the Walk to Canossa, the semi-famous (or  semi-obscure) event from the year 1077, ain which Holy Roman Emperor knelt in the snow outside the gates of Canossa Castle to beg forgiveness from the Pope. 
But this is not an historical novel of the Middle Ages.
Instead, My Way to Canossa&ltis a dark comedy that unfolds amid the reactionary politics and technological transformations of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. It’s a novel about the uses and misuses—and sometimes the very high costs -- of trying to imagine the past.