Sleep’s Workshop is a delightful novel that reads from cover to cover at one go. It is an inventive book, a story that moves on the borders of the real and the imaginary. Its pages are imbued with a sense of underlying and undermining humor that makes a minefield of the novel.
In this way, Nikos Houliaras speaks about things unbearable – the dim and difficult passages in life – in the simplest way; in his own unique way of raising the most insignificant things to the level of their inherent truth while, at the same time, succeeding in making the most outrageous situations seem familiar.
The surprise in this subversive work come one after the other, while its unpredictable end sheds light on the text from another perspective just as sleep often light on this life that we dream we are living.