Myrtos, an eight-year-old boy, has been asleep since the moment of his birth. Two sixty-year-old brothers who are as closely tied as Siamese twins spy on their neighbours through binoculars. And a nymphet who is free with her favours outrages the local community.
In his latest novel, Pavlos Matessis takes no prisoners. The setting of Myrtos is merely a pretext for him to explore the human tendency toward violence and destruction. In this harsh tale, the heroes’ real and symbolic lameness and the debauchery of the ostensibly innocent women are provocative, subversive elements.
Gritty sexual encounters, the narrator's oblique but unrelenting sarcasm about the sufferings of the characters, and surreal outbursts set the scene for an excellent mixture of expressionist comedy with silent, undeclared drama.
The heroes are intriguing figures, both in their outward behaviour and their inner world. The character of Myrtos, forever asleep, is an ingenious plot device that determines and sets its symbolic mark upon the action.
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