Seven short stories by Achilleas Kyriakides whose familiar style of playful seriousness juxtaposes the absurd and the realistic, the quest for the Other and the futility of self-awareness. Seven short stories starring: time, miracles, music, language, dreams, isolation, death, Johan Sebastian Bach, love, History, silence and, anyway all things starring in all short stories, but also seven short stories starring death, miracles and so on. Also featuring: the constant quest for the Other, the futility of self-awareness, as well as a strange collaboration between the absurd and the realistic. Polis Publishers have also published his short stories collection Artificial Respirations, which received the National Short Story Award in 2004.
"The stories in The Blind Man's Mirror begin at what appears to be a totally plausible starting point, but evolve into an intense game that plays with language and narrative form, bringing to mind the work of Raymond Queneau and Jorge Luis Borges. A disparate collection of aims leads to a uniform, coherent outcome and a calm, unruffled surface is gradually transformed into a uncontrollable torrent. In his desire to demonstrate the capacity of literature to set up worlds and dismantle them at will, Kyriakidis constructs the text only to deconstruct it. Although in his hands literature becomes a mirror of itself, the writer does not become ensnared in narcissism and introversion. In his latest book, the author brings together elements from the most diverse narrative genres, ranging from the claustrophobic, anonymous figures found in Kafka and the fantasy tradition, to accounts of the Holocaust, political allegory, parody and satire."
(Ithaca Online Magazine)
"Writers of Kyriakides' ethos dignify their previous production with every new work they create. In this light, the present volume along with the remarkable collective publication of Borges fiction stories he edited and translated, are more valuable prizes than the National Fiction Award for Short Stories he has recently received."
(Lina Pantaleon, Entefktirio Magazine)
"The way he connects his deliberately heterogeneous and differentiated objectives does not only have a functional value; he binds them together towards an exceptionally powerful and immediate end, creating an unbroken unity with no internal or external flaw-a unity which demonstrates clearly how literature can comment on itself without getting carried away by excess, narcissism or self-centeredness."
(Vangelis Hatzivassiliou, Eleftherotypia)