Arie de Bruyn
Born in Sandringham, Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) on the 15th January 1987.
Son of Alison and Dirk de Bruyn. Youngest sibling to Kees and Abram de Bruyn.
Diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 22. Holds a bachelor degree from Deakin University in Arts (Media & Communication). Attended several high schools. Has lived and worked internationally in New Delhi, India; and Thailand.
Written several books and self-published them (Check out products and downloads page).
Works jobs to earn himself a livable wage.
All the content apart from the images are his own. Images taken from the films of various experimental filmmakers. All content subject to Australian copyright law.
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On the writing itself:
At best it can be described as experimental writing. However, the content is varied and you’ll never know what to expect. There are horror elements, humour, psychological musings, realistic scenarios… Everything and anything that combines into it’s own brand.
Fiction writing is never completely accurate of the truth. However, what is the truth? How can one ever ascertain the absolute truth? It is an impossible task. For as long as the written word has existed, different individuals have been attempting to convey the truth into words in an attempt to pass on knowledge from generation to generation. The problem is, of course, that so many different versions of the truth exist and so this becomes an impossible task.
The truth exists in its multiple forms. Different individuals are subjected to different realities. You can never hope to grasp the truth in its absolute form. For the truth contradicts itself at different points. Different groups hold onto different forms of the truth and wars have been waged because of the contradictions that occur in different opinions of what the truth pertains.
It is important to conform to a version of the truth in order to obtain group solidarity. These exist in different cultures and sub-cultures throughout the world.
As for the writing. It is neither truth nor fiction. For to claim it as absolute truth, would be ignorant of another’s truth. At best one can hope for is a metaphorical truth. Some things will ring true for some people and some things will ring false for others. All truths exist for different individuals as we all lead different lives.
The writer’s task is impossible. For if they are attempting to convey the truth, it is an impossible task and cannot be hoped to be accomplished. At best these words and expressions of cultural influence can act as some consolation for different individuals on different life paths.
On the pieces individually: some are constructions of real events, some are real situations, some are constructions entirely of imagination and some are half truth and half a construction of mind. The writings are also a mix of different genres, some of multiple genre bending genres. To find a specific genre, simply type it into the search bar at the side of the website. The story genres are made up of the following:
If anybody would think that these pieces are constructions of other people. Let me assure you that they aren’t. The only real representations present in my work are of myself and my own experience. Others are caricatures of other individuals. You can never hope to realistically represent another individual because you never know the full story of their lives. And so, as with writing, all the other individuals lives in the world remain as a shadow. The caricatures are little more than cardboard cut outs of the truth and are produced as such for their narrative qualities.