Stamatis Dagdelenis was born in Athens in 1954. After abandoning his studies in economics, he worked in a number of occupations, the longest-standing being as a compiler of crosswords and other puzzles. He has also composed lyrics for songs, which are available on record. Mythologia Minora is his first book.
ALLEGORICAL TALES (128 pages, 20X13 cm.)
"For years - so many, in fact, that it seemed like eternity - the fifty maidens struggled to fill the jar. In the end, thanks to some contrivance, they succeeded in their task. But now, too late, they realised that they were themselves within the jar. And so every one of them drowned."
The twenty-nine allegorical tales (of usually four or
five pages' length) included in this volume, accompanied by short poetical
interludes, all share two main features: first, they recast in concise
fashion myths, folk beliefs and parables, counter-proposing other equally
interesting interpretations of the world and events that surround us
and determine what we are; second, they systematically deny us the obvious
and the conventional by staking out a rightful place for the disturbing
and the unexpected.
Stories from mythology and the Bible, traditional tales
and episodes from classic literary works are all given an unexpected
twist. The message of the works is recast, the moral overthrown, as
they cease to function in the familiar way. The heroes, who, in their
various guises, embody man outside time, present us with a new reading
of age-old plots, thereby endeavouring to change the past and revise
the way our moral code is composed. The reader may well be alarmed,
or even shocked, by, for example, the world of 'The Cracked Mirror'.
Yet after the first disorientation, one may feel that things could indeed
be like this, as the objections to the conventional interpretations
that we had never quite managed to banish from some corner of our minds
are suddenly given vivid expression.