TALES

  "The mushrooms' revenge "
Angyra, 1999
Illustration: -
ISBN: 960-234-616-7

Synopsis:
Το διαστημόπλοιο "Αϊνστάιν" ξεκινάει για τον πλανήτη "Χίμαιρα". Πρέπει να φέρει στη γη θεργήλιο, καύσιμο απαραίτητο για την επιβίωση της ανθρωπότητας της τρίτης χιλιετίας. Πώς όμως αντιδρούν τα όντα που ζουν στη "Χίμαιρα", όταν βλέπουν τους γήινους να λεηλατούν τον πλανήτη τους, και πως τους εκδικούνται;

Το "Μούτρο" είναι ένα κουτάβι που το παράτησαν τ' αφεντικά του μόλις τελείωσαν οι καλοκαιρινές διακοπές. Ο Ηλίας το παίρνει σπίτι του, το γιατρεύει, το φροντίζει κι οι δυο τους δένονται με μια μεγάλη αγάπη. Τι γίνεται όμως όταν το επόμενο καλοκαίρι ξαναέρχονται τα παλιά αφεντικά του σκύλου και θέλουν να τον πάρουν πίσω; Με ποιον αποφασίζει να μείνει τελικά το "Μούτρο";

Ένα πολύτιμο χαλί φερμένο από τη Σμύρνη κουβαλάει την ιστορία, τις μνήμες και τις περιπέτειες του ξεριζωμένου ελληνισμού της Ιωνίας. Πώς γλίτωσε η γιαγιά Αντιγόνη από τη μεγάλη σφαγή του 1922; Ποιο φοβερό μυστικό φανερώνει στην εγγονή της;

Reviews:
"Psarafti's latest book has surprised us greatly for two specific reasons. First of all it doesn't fall short of the strength and imagination we have come to know from her previous work - something that is usually considered to be genuinely difficult for an eloquent author with a past rich with books of the highest standards, and second because L. Psarafti haw broken away from her "customary" novels in order to write six short stories for young adults.

Upon one's first reading of these stories one comes away with very positive and enjoyable reaction. These entertain the young reader and provide him with a truly original and difficult experience. With this multi-tiered work, L. Psarafti provokes her reader and leads him through time and space. Each story can be said to be a short pause in a clearing in the forest that makes up the world - and it is described in the way it is perceived by the author and her senses.

...These six short stories have common themes among them: sensitivity, humanity, directness as well as the richness of meanings and messages that sets apart Psarafti's work.

Their main characteristic is the style in which they are written and the author's distinctive personalized form of speech. The writer's idiolect is perceptible throughout this collection and this is apparent in the six different thematic contexts presented as individual stories, whereby it is consequently adapted to the needs of each separate story and yet manages to retain its clear and unique characteristics.

...It is perhaps for the reason that L. Psarafti's work doesn't give off the scent of naphthalene, but rather exudes the perfume of lavender: that her work has the ability to transform and adapt, and to dynamically and creatively embody elements of the past within the present. Her humor, too, both discrete and contemporary, makes up a further element of L. Psarafti's style and adorns her stories.

With this collection of short stories, the author revitalizes her literary creations, not only on a literary level but also on one related to the cultivation and disambiguation of her style.

"The mushrooms' revenge" confirms the maturity of the author's writing and is proof that she has avoided the danger of regurgitation and conservativeness. This is a challenge that L. Psarafti set for her literary ego, a bet that she has made with herself and.she has won."
Maria-Magda Tzaferopoulou, Ph.D.
"I Leschi ton Ekpedeftikon" Magazine, issue 28, 2000

"Litsa Psarafti's latest book is a collection of six beautiful short stories for young adults. With a simple, intense and effective narrative, the author approaches very important contemporary subjects. From the very first story in the collection - which gives the book its name - which is a story of science fiction, to the very last one, entitled "The rug" and which tells of the difficulties and strife of being a refugee, and to the stories that find themselves in between - "The fire", "Billy Jones", "Konstantis" and "The rascal" - we can say that the author shows her undying concern for man (particularly for man who is defenseless) and the environment..."
Eleftherotypia, newspaper, 14.4.2000

"...In these short stories, written both simply and vividly, the concern for the environment, our obligation to take care of it, and the respect that we show those - creatures in particular - as well as the conservation of memory as the life force of the present and the future are well subjects that ate highlighted.

In addition, what is also emphasized is that it isn't the simple people who bring about disaster, conflicts and wars but that is, rather their leaders and the dark and incontrollable forces who are behind them. It is the dream and solicitude of each and every people that peace and stability is upheld and preserved.

...Written in timely and carefully constructed narrative, the value of life, humanity and friendship are emphasized."
Rizospastis newspaper, 15.6.2000

 .This book is a collection of six stories. While at first reading it can easily be assumed that the stories are separate and autonomous, a more careful reader may discern the element that connects them: the author's concern for global themes - the environment, humanity and freedom.
.The stories, in their totality, are characterized by discrete realism, straightforward narrative and sense of balance. These elements place rhis book harmoniously within the distinctive category of quality writing.
Diadromes magazine, No. 57, 2000

"...The stories, each in their own way, deal with contemporary situations, problems that concern the young but also all thinking people, and sentiments that need to come out into light. The first story, entitled "The mushrooms' revenge' and from which the collection takes its title, takes place in the future. Before leaving the planet Chimera with huge quantities of thergilium, a fuel necessary for the survival of mankind in the third millennium, an astronaut looks for something special and unusual to take back with him as a gift for his young daughter on earth.

His gift is a series of large beads, resting on the slopes and resembling mushrooms. When, however, he returns home and gives them to the girl, disaster strikes, as during the night the beads change shape and turn into insidious and deadly beings, sent by the planet as revenge for all the hardships suffered as a result of human greed.

The final story, entitled "The rug", has its topic refugees and the friendship that blossoms between the citizens of states that are at war. Between its lines appears people's desire for peace and fraternity, for creativity far from clashes and hostilities. The other four stories awake similar sentiments of altruism and unselfishness in the reader. Such tested and enduring sentiments are presented through an equally tested style of writing."
Eleni Saranditi
Ithaca Magazine, No.4, 2000

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