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The Blind Man’s Mirror
 Achilleas Kyriakidis

70pp.
Polis, 2005
ISBN: 960-435-086-2

The stories in The Blind Man’s Mirror begin at what appears to be a totally plausible starting point, but evolve into an intense game that plays with language and narrative form, bringing to mind the work of Raymond Queneau and Jorge Luis Borges.
A disparate collection of aims leads to a uniform, coherent outcome and a calm, unruffled surface is gradually transformed into a uncontrollable torrent.
In his desire to demonstrate the capacity of literature to set up worlds and dismantle them at will, Kyriakidis constructs the text only to deconstruct it. Although in his hands literature becomes a mirror of itself, the writer does not become ensnared in narcissism and introversion.
In his latest book, the author brings together elements from the most diverse narrative genres, ranging from the claustrophobic, anonymous figures found in Kafka and the fantasy tradition, to accounts of the Holocaust, political allegory, parody and satire.


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