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All Leoloni Lewis wants is a statue of his handsome likeness erected with prominence in his Scottish village of Gannochy – is it too much to ask? Tragically for him, he lacks what it takes to win the hearts of the villagers: He’s too neurotic, too introverted, too cowardly, and destined to waste his time doing menial labour in Gannochy’s victory garden while other men are off at war dying in heroic and entertaining ways—heroic, I say! So, driven to get a statue at any cost, Leoloni leaves his ailing mother, leaves the garden and sets off to join the fight.
Before he can enlist, however, the young man finds himself bound for Iceland as a prisoner on an impossible ship, helmed by a stubborn captain who resembles his murdered father. Now the only person who can help Leoloni ‘help himself’ is another prisoner on the ship, the renowned British fighter pilot and positivity guru Adrian R. Barry.
Through Barry’s bizarre self-help philosophy of ‘Magnetism!’, Leoloni tries to develop a hero personality so he can overcome the captain, solve the mystery of the ship, save an Icelandic town full of children ‘with their whole lives ahead of them’ and return to Gannochy a hero. But along the way, as the true cost of his drive for success becomes clear, he’s forced to face his most sinister demons and re-evaluate what it means to be a man.
Through macabre satire and humor, NAUSEA IN THE CLOUDS challenges dominant ideas about masculinity and well-being. It offers an alternative view on happiness by questioning our lust for significance, rediscovering our human nature and tugging at the roots of social anxieties now widespread in society.