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…De Insectorum! is a booklet that was compiled almost spontaneously, without a second thought. Most of the stories were written in July 2017, during the author vacations on Astypalaia island. He’d write one (almost) every morning. The rest of the stories were written between Piraeus, Chania, Aegion and Thessaloniki (one of them was actually written on a train ride). What exactly is this book about? It’s a kind of an omnibus… metaphysical fascinating short stories featuring little insects in the lead role.

Joke First Award of Greek Academy 2013 

A young man has a friendly chat with his deceased grandmother.

An office clerk turns into a stapler.

Poet Francois Villon makes a fresh start.

Yiorgos becomes a pensioner.

Seventeen short stories on the blurred borderline between reality and its opposites; stories drawn from the mountainous mainland of Northern Greece, as well as stories on the under-aged adults of the city; stories bathing on the shores of an artificial lake.

The child

Children, parents, foxes, sparrows, lands, saints. Strange relations, death.

12 short stories fruits of a cherry tree that is blooming under water.

A small book that leaves the reader with lots of images and strange feelings.

Nine authors* put their take on the Greek reality on paper. The reality they consider invisible or indiscernible to the uninitiated.

Nine photographers record their personal images of the Greek experience in tones that vary from ecstatic, ironic and harsh to romantic.

5 Greek authors* write about Athens. Their approaches are very different and for this very interesting. French readers appreciated this book.

The greek rights were sold to Omega editions.  

*Assonitis, Chomenidis, Chryssopoulos, Dimitrakaki, Roussohadzakis

Autrement, France, 185 p.

A young couple breaks-up in New York City at the time the Twin Towers collapse. A lawyer looks back on the time when he was a member of a musical group in Memphis and is questioning his present life with relation to the unconventional morality of his then-friend, the female singer of their band. An adherent to the idea and practice of open and uncommitted relationships falls victim to love in Phoenix. A dominatrix tests the limits of a college professor in Paris.

A woman who works miracles. A salesgirl whose hormones go berserk. The external form of a man called Stefanos, shifts and changes continuously. A ghost returns. Charyvdis shuts herself up in her house forever, along with her no-name dog. A pair of twelve year old Siamese twins are separated. A man pounds his lover into smithereens as if he were dry herbs. A massacre at an American high school. In the midst of these tales, the author oversees the subjects of his experiments in the manner of a surgeon.  With invisible scalpels he conjoins and divides: carnivorous plants, dogs, cats, little ants, a swan, elephants, Beethoven in the sky and other sights, both familiar and eerie. And on occasion, he even enters himself into the shifting sands of the stories.

Shortlisted for the Diavazo short story prize

Dimosthenis Papamarkos’ first collection of short stories has caused a stir on the Greek literary scene. Its title, transliterated as MetaPoesis, means ‘Re-making’, in the sense of stitching up or transforming old/damaged clothes, as well as punning with the idea of ‘Meta-poetry’. Indeed, all the stories are concerned both with how we attempt to remake our lives in the face of trauma, and with the retelling of old narratives (most obviously with a paradigmatic story of trauma, in Cain, and more subtly with concealed allusions to old Greek narratives, including the Odyssey, in Arise). The stories are like the title, sophisticated and many-layered.