In this captivating collection of stories, people
are often at a crossroads, somewhere between a world they know and
one they feel pulled towards. Torn between past and future, centre
and periphery, real and imaginary, they move from one point in their
existence to another, trying to understand a life they have lived
but perhaps never fully comprehended.
A woman is overjoyed at the news her husband has
been found dead. A crow breaks into a young couple's flat, smashing
perceptions and assumptions, and a dying father sends his son on
a journey to meet an old flame. A young boy builds friendships with
burnt matchsticks and a widow makes her husband's manuscript her
From the heart of the Mediterranean comes a new
and exciting storyteller, a keen observer and a great collector
of people's moods.
"The is a book about storytelling, not only
as a form of pleasure that is shared between writer and reader but
more importantly as a gift that's given with love and needs love
to be appreciated."
The European Union Prize for Literature Jury
Meike Ziervogel, Peirene Press
"Mejlak's writing shows the short story genre
at its best. He confirms his reputation as an author with a penetrating
eye into the psyche and soul of fellow human beings, and does not
shy away from exploring the darker side of human nature."
Teodor Reljic, MaltaToday
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