--And dreams are dreams /
by Vassilis Vassilikos ; translated from the Greek by Mary Kitroef.
New York : Seven Stories Press, c1996.
261 p.
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New York : Seven Stories Press, c1996.
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--And dreams are dreams -- History -- Stories of taxi drivers -- Doña Rosita and Don Pacifico -- The white bear -- Three miraculous moments in the life of Doña Rosita -- The transplant.
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Translation of the French version of Greek short stories selected from: Ho komētēs tou Chalei and Hē asprē arkouda.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-10-15:
This collection of short fiction by the author of Z (Four Walls, 1991) presents magical realism at its best. The title story sets the tone, telling how five men start a newspaper reprinting other people's dreams, capturing the imagination of all Greeks and subverting the government. "History" uses a decadent weekend aboard a yacht to explore further the idea of government through the old captain's reflections on the history of modern Greece. In "Stories of Taxi Drivers," Vassilikos skips lightly from stolen tomatoes to a woman filling a bed with dollars, from an animal trainer transforming a tigress into a woman to an immigrant accused of arson. The final pieces tell of a couple whose love survives all threats, even the death of one and the transplant of her heart into the other. A narrative tour de force, this work is highly recommended for all libraries.-Paul E. Hutchison, Bellefonte, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1995-10-02:
From the metafictional to the fabulous, this evocative tangle of overlapping, intertwining and conflicting stories from the prolific Vassilikos (Z) whimsically renders the colors and contradictions of contemporary Greece. Themes of exile and repatriation, personal mythology, political decline, the weight of history and, ubiquitously, the importance of dreaming resonate through a deceptively lighthearted narrative. The title story recounts the revolutionary political impact of a newspaper based entirely on people's dreams. In ``the white bear,'' the escapades of a performing bear are tracked throughout the country, including an escape from his keeper in downtown Athens. Meanwhile, the devout and beautiful Doña Rosita appears hither and thither in the book, ultimately giving her heart-literally, in a transplant operation-to her beloved Don Pacifico. And ``stories of taxi drivers'' chronicles several memorable if rather surreal tales picked up from cabdrivers by an overly curious narrator. Vassilikos's singular mixture of self-consciousness, naturalism, allegory and caprice results in fiction both provocative and entertaining. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Greece's most acclaimed living novelist gives us a magical realist portrait of contemporary Europe and contemporary Europeans. Here are seven tales that explore the themes of materialism, post Cold War politics, love, religious faith, and the power of imagination. In the tradition of Gabriel García Márquez and Luigi Pirandello, Vassilikos writes of the fantasies within reality, the spirit in existence, and the art within life.
Table of Contents
...And dreams are dreamsp. 1
Historyp. 47
Stories of taxi driversp. 113
Dona Rosita and Don Pacificop. 141
The white bearp. 169
Three miraculous moments lived by Dona Rositap. 189
The transplantp. 209
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