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Gregory and other stories

Gregory and other stories


A collection of twelve award winning short stories and novellas inspired by the turbulent history of Cyprus from Homeric times to the present.

Author: Panos Ioannides more info


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A translation of twelve award winning short stories and novellas.

Gregory, The Bath, Uniforms, The Suitcase and The Escape have been adapted for the theater by the author and staged in theaters in Cyprus and abroad (such as Greece, England, USA and Germany) whereas all the short stories have been included in prestigious anthologies such as Short Story International, Sudden Fiction and others.

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Shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award 2011

The bad thing about the works of P.I. is that once you have read the first page it is impossible to stop. | Manolis Korres, writer

The prose works of P.I. reveal a serious, multifarious, mature writer who puts his country on the contemporary literary map. | Sylvia Tankel, Short Story International, New York

The stories of P.I., at a striking, harsh crossroads, mingle art with life. | Tatiana Gritsi-Milliex, writer and critic

In a lifetime of reading, I have rarely been so deeply affected as by the prose works of P.I. | Haris Livas, reporter and critic, Athens News Agency

The Anglo-Saxon best-seller style of writing of P.I., with the simple economy of the syntax and its unhurried eventful plot, is something which one hopes to find more often in Greek prose writing. | Yiorgos Kechagioglou, academic

The work of P.I., the best known Cypriot prose writer, carries a penetrating sense of external anxiety and inner guilt. | Nik Skins & Mike Theodoulou, Guardian, London

The stories:

CINYRAS  |   Mighty King and Great High Priest, Cinyras the Paphian! Or: How Sacred Prostitution, deceitful diplomacy, and ruthless exploitation of the people’s religiosity and patriotism gave him omnipotence, glory and immortality. Cinyras who, according to Homer, gave Agamemnon the legendary shield, King and High Priest of Paphos, mystic and solicitor of sacred prostitution who – through deceit, duplicitous diplomacy and ruthless exploitation of the people’s religiosity and patriotism – became omnipotent in life and in death.

GREGORIS AND EFTHYMIOS  |  A St. Bartholomew night of massacre carried out in Medieval Cyprus by edict of the Pope and of the Vatican. A satanic intrigue masterminded by the Pope and the Vatican led to a bloodbath and the mutual annihilation of the military Orders of the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitallers in enslaved Medieval Cyprus. Long before Dan Brown discovered and revealed The Da Vinci Code

KYPRIANI  |   Slave woman and wet nurse, Kypriani exacts revenge on the Ottoman invaders and occupiers of her homeland, Venetian Cyprus of the Middle Ages, by spreading leprosy to newborns during breastfeeding.

GREGORY  |   The friendship, which develops between a group of EOKA guerrilla fighters and their British hostage Gregory, does not prevent them from executing him when the order arrives. Yet ignoring the order to place his body on public display, as an example, they bury their friend and victim. The short story has been translated and published in dozens of languages , including Braille. It has also been included in major international anthologies such as Short Story International, Sudden Fiction and others.

DRIFTER ROAD  |   “Drifter road,” a road and sanctuary inhabited only by people incurably damaged by war.

THE UNIFORMS  |   Can uniforms worn as camouflage, at a moment of deadly peril, by two young people from enemy camps – a young Turkish woman and a Greek Cypriot soldier – magically transform them into siblings, or mother and son? The answer given in the story is a poignant “yes”.

THE UNSEEN ASPECT  |   An old refugee from Lapithos, Cyprus, and his granddaughter, live on a wasteland, a place of skulls, locked in an epic and tragic struggle with nature, in a defeat and a victory reminiscent of Hemingway’s classic novel “The Old Man and the Sea.” The short story has been translated into dozens of languages including Chinese.