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An Almost Blue Hand

An Almost Blue Hand



Rea Galanaki

Kastaniotis, 2004
131 p.
ISBN 960-03-3754-3, ISBN-13 978-960-03-3754-9, [Out of Print]
Price € 10,60

National Award for Short Story [2005]

Eight stories, some shorter some longer, that transport us from the temporal limitations of everyday life to the limitlessness of myth. Eight harsh and tender stories about people who fell in love, who were transformed and punished, who had a good time, who are wandering in search of refuge, or taking up the fairytale from where they once left off. Eight real stories, since they open up to our unseen as much as our visible side. Some of them ironic, others angry. Ultimately, eight stories that honour the dreams of those who insist on dreaming.

Though crushed by the iron necessity of history and the dictates of the times, individuals attempt to escape from reality through meditation and dreams in An Almost Blue Hand. Even when trapped within larger social contexts that have their own mandatory objectives, the individuals retain some modicum of freedom.
Rhea Galanaki has been a pioneer in the renewal of the historical novel in Greece during the past decade. The short stories in this collection, which has won the 2005 State Award for Short Stories, were written at the same time as her novels.

Poor migrants roam an inhospitable city; moonstruck souls are gently startled by ghosts of the past; existential questions without answers and sudden sexual reminiscences allow passion to burst out in all its force.
Historical and mythological time clash, and a poetic vision and mood pervade the narrative, liberating the world from its realistic confines. The setting is contemporary and everyday, in what is only superficially an uneventful and indifferent era.

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