The mysterious death of a pekinese. A man’s longing for women’s bathing suits. Α professor and his practical joke at his students’ expense. American Aid. The boy and the monstrous squid. The village marathon runner. The sweet semolina cake and the snake. An egg explosion. The name of a legendary goal-keeper. The stranger at the schoolyard fence. A drunken goat. A cap thief at the metro. In The Mercifulness of Women, the writer harvests from the nether regions of reality, the paradoxical and the dream-like. His characters, acrobats of drama or of black comedy, take on the leading role in miraculous tales. These are events which took place, at some point, in an ordinary person’s life but were not made much of. Suddenly, in this book, he decides to narrate them. However, he distorts and misrepresents them. Might he wish to deceive? Or, are his intentions even more sinister?