What are the phantoms of the Greek mountain regions doing in the foggy English city of York? Milionis' phantoms are crafty. They appear unannounced, when you are not expecting them, in moments of solitude, in your sleeping and waking. They are the personal phantoms that nestle in depths of the soul without our even supspecting them, which is why they are so dangerous. Milionis' phantoms are his incurable nostalgia for the past, for his childhood and adolescent years, for a poor and hard life, a life full of war and persecution, a life in no way paradisiacal, but a life more substantial and more real than the one offered by the present. The phantoms of this major writer are his deep sadness at the lost authenticity which we are all deprived of by our unavoidable growing up and by the necessary but inhuman urbanisation. What remains? The precious memories that surge forth when we no longer recall them, signifying through their substance the empty and tasteless reality of today.
"A major contribution to the Greek short story by Christoforos Milionis, one of the leading post-war writers, in that these texts converse at the same time with two of the most important trends in post-war Greek prose. They are linked, that is, with the strongly political and social literature of the first post-war generation of writers, such as Stratis Tsirkas, Alexandros Kotzias, Dimitris Hatzis, Nikos Kasdaglis and Spyros Plaskovitis, as well as with the confessional narrative introduced by the second post-war generation of writers, such as Yorgos Ioannou, Menis Koumandareas, Tolis Kazantzis and Ilias Papadimitrakopoulos."