Fourteen stories for the traps hidden behind melancholy, the deterioration of time, the disease and loneliness and the love fading in everyday life. Fourteen vignettes depicting human nature. Here below are some small summaries of the stories:
The Melancholy of our Homeland (title story).
The narrator sketches the resemblance of an aged, elegant lady with that of an old actress. He decides to follow her down in her odd everyday route only to face something which makes him realize that the distance we maintain from people, urges us to idolize them.
The Golden Cycle.
A marvelous tale imbued with magical realism. All children of one family have a supernatural characteristic: the older boy speaks a language that no one else understands, the other son can not stay on the ground “literally, he hovers” while the figures in the embroideries that the daughter creates come to life.
Saints and Martyrs.
A short but very dramatic story about a woman that is arrested one night instead of her dead husband.