I wish I had written this book!!! However, I had been so lucky to indulge myself reading the manuscript in Greek and to be so deeply involved in the text, that I decided to translate it into English.
I was enchanted by the depth and the richness of diverse meanings, the dream-tinged, surreal and weird writing style.
Every time I read the story “THE THREAT”, it’s blowing my mind. When I read it for the first time, I wondered how the story would end, but once I was finished reading the story, it really packed a punch. Any time I read it again, I want to cry and laugh at the same time, excited about its imperceptible irony.
Although his every story is surprisingly different from the others, they are all immersed into a dreamy atmosphere. In a conversation with the author, Yiannis Kyrlis, I asked him about the role of dreams in his writings and I was touched by his reference to our inner scriptwriter, whom we often ignore, but who has something to tell us. The writer’s use of dreamy imagery initiates the reader into this surrealist scriptwriter and the self-knowledge.
This book covers a wide range of situations and feelings, from lack of awareness and conscience, to despair and remorse, from a child’s innocence to the lack of personal responsibility and the psychology of the mass, since in many cases a crowd is similar to a herd of animals (this is the subject of the short stories “THE QUEST” and “THE COURSE OF A CRISIS”).
The author has not given names to the heroes of his stories (most of the time), to emphasise the timeless nature of human behaviours and emotions.
The hero of the short story, entitled “THE QUEST”, is in pursuit of his internal integration through self-knowledge. In “THE LITTLE GIRL WITH CLOTH LEGGS”, the path towards the hero’s internal integration passes through the restoration of harmony and balance between the two parts of man, the male and the female energy. The little girl with cloth legs symbolises a man’s undeveloped female energy (compassion, empathy…)
Twelve strangely brilliant stories: The more I read and go deeper into them, the more I get enchanted by them.