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The Dog of Charyvdis

The Dog of Charyvdis



Vasilis Amanatidis

Kastaniotis, 2008
170 p.
ISBN 978-960-03-4601-5, [In Print]
Price € 10,60

A woman works miracles. A salesgirl's hormones have gone berserk. The external form of a man by the name of Stefanos, shifts and changes continuously. A ghost returns. Charyvdis shuts herself up in her house forever, along with her anonymous dog. Twelve year old Siamese twins are separated. Someone pounds the man he loves into smithereens as if he were a dry herb. A massacre in an American high school. In the midst of these tales, is the author who oversees the subjects of his experiments in the manner of a surgeon and with invisible scalpels conjoins and divides: carnivorous plants, dogs, cats, little ants, a swan, elephants, Beethoven in the sky and other sights, both familiar and eerie. On occasion, he enters himself into the shifting sand of the stories. When, however, he is redundant, he takes his leave. Unexpected narratives about the funny and/or dramatic permutations of identity and imaginative alternatives to the unrelenting quest for contact and union. Eleven broken up phantasmagorias of contemporary life, as similar and dissimilar from each other as one human being from another. As one man from himself.

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