A critically acclaimed short-story writer has collected his work in one volume, Short Stories 1977-2002. These stories by Periklis Sfyridis – who is a doctor and a native of Thessaloniki – portray the everyday life of a large city as seen through the eyes of a clear-headed observer who is able to discern its invisible aspects.
These are love stories and stories about work as well as stories about animals. They are told in a light-hearted way, but behind them there is always an ongoing concern for the social context in which they are played out.
Sfyridis mixes the serious and the comic in a fine balance that highlights the humanity of his heroes. His relaxed, uncomplicated style unfolds a vivid, realistic narrative. The action develops rapidly, propelled by lively images and direct expression building up telling pictures of the characters.
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