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The Limits of Warmth

The Limits of Warmth


Short Stories

Aggela Kastrinaki

Polis Publishers, 1999
126 p.
ISBN 960-7478-81-9, ISBN-13 978-960-7478-81-8, [In Print]
Price € 7,78

The author is a university lecturer in literature, and apart from her university teaching, research and writing activities, she has also published two collections of short stories: The Girl Guest (1990), Excursions with Friends (1993). Her third collection, The Limits of Warmth, is characterized by a programmatic determination to avoid extreme situations. The author explores the limits of the commonplace. Like a contented and determined Penelope, she weaves and unweaves the daily routine and the insignificance of each story. The sentiment is discrete and without escalation. In order to highlight the daily routine as being non-existent, she makes sure that what appears to be gestating in all her stories does not, in fact, happen. The ending of the stories amounts to a reversal of the expected and a return to the torpor of repetition, while, at the same time, the prospects open for some further expectation. In this way, the expectation of the supposedly significant event is transformed into an interminable process that is described in variations from story to story.

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