About the book: Published by Mousse, The Black Flame of Paradise is an epistolary novel addressed to the citizens of the fictional country, the USSA. Written in a mode that is at once autobiographical and religious, the book examines notions of heaven and the afterlife primarily through a narrative about the loss of the artist’s mother to Alzheimer’s disease. A central concept running throughout the text is the phrase “life without consanguinity,” a plea for re-conceiving society beyond the logic of blood relations. The novel also features a preface by renowned philosopher Catherine Malabou. The Black Flame of Paradise is Zachary Cahill’s first novel.