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The Bubbles

Title: The Bubbles
Author: Tom Reisen
Translation: Andriana Chondrogianni
Εditing: Giorgos Georgiou
Layout: Lefteris Markou
Cover: Mersina Ladopoulou

Price: 10,60 €
Σελίδες: 90
Category: Short Stories
ISBN: 978-618-86025-0-2
Date of Publication: April 2022

 

Nine stories, nine characters evolving in the same city: New York. Each of them live in their own bubble that nurtures both a lie and frames a solitude. Until the day an event – a tragic accident or a trivial encounter – breaks it apart. These nine destinies, seen at a fateful threshold of their existence, merge with the superlative and superficial city. Ironically, this quest for truth describes a circular movement around a fleeting centre until, toward the end of the book, the photogenic New York reveals its essentially imaginary nature: the mental representation of a necessarily disappointing desire.

Tom Reisen was born in Luxembourg in 1971. His father is a Luxembourger and his mother is of Serbian descent. He has published two collections of poetry and several short stories. Author of a thesis on André Gide, he was a university researcher (Sheffield), then a journalist (Tageblatt) before joining Foreign Affairs. As a diplomat, he served at UN headquarters in New York and at UNESCO in Paris, among other places. The Bubbles is his first prose work.

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The Equestrienne

Title: The Equestrienne
Author: Uršuľa Kovalyk
Translation: Andriana Chondrogianni
Εditing: Giorgos Georgiou
Layout: Lefteris Markou
Cover: Mersina Ladopoulou

Price: 10,60 €
Pages: 90
Category: Short novel
ISBN: 978-618-85473-9-1
Publication Date: March 2022

 

The short novel The Equestrienne is a coming-of-age story of a young girl whose newly-discovered talent for trick-riding and lively imagination help her escape from the grim reality of life in a small town under communism and find friendship, but whose dreams are shattered by the advent of ruthless capitalism.

"I lived several lives in the brief instant before my feet touched the ground. The music stopped. I landed on the hard surface like an accomplished equestrienne. The equestrienne bowed. The audience applauded."

Uršuľa Kovalyk (1969) is a fiction writer and playwright. She is the co-founder and director of Theatre Without a Home, which works with the homeless and the disabled. She is a leading voice in the contemporary feminist literary discourse in Slovakia.

Her work focuses on female characters often living unfulfilled and austere lives under the pressure of a patriarchal society, and more recently, on environmental issues and aging.

Her works have been translated into nine languages. She has published several collections of short stories and a novel, The Equestrienne (2013), shortlisted for Slovakia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Anasoft Litera Award, which received the Bibliotéka Prize for 2013. Her most recent collection of short stories, A Pure Animal, appeared in 2018.

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