Symbolic of the purity cause I am a person that gets bored of human existence before it becomes easily. This is reflected in my way of acquainted with violence. What the little life, after all. I was 19 years old, and in those 17 years since then I've tried thirty diffe- What kind of messages is your book rent jobs, not counting the art pro- trying to convey?
Did you find it ea- jects. I'm wading through life and sy to jump between narrative styles work a bit like an actress: today I'll and change roles?
It's the day before as a camera opera- more about sharing my personal views tor. I will continue taking up roles and worries, and pose questions. In this until I am able to financially support particular case, why violence and not myself and make a living solely by love? Is it easier to spark off thoughts I will continue and emotions through sarcasm and taking up roles until humor? How does such a blinding truth fit in such short stories? I I am able to financially believe it is a book that one com- support myself and prehends after they finish reading it.
How naturally did its writing make a living solely by come to you? In recent years I've been and fully reveal the trying to work this out, to allow myself to feel the tough parts of life, without face of the author. I am honored by your words. If the What have you learned about the book stayed in your mind after you arts all these years? Or, better finished it, that means that its goal has yet, what don't you know yet?
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Its writing came out Which famous artist have you naturally because that is the way I met? How shocking is realism? Usually a story is born in my head, I write it down, and afterwards I Eir. Like life. Each day is short. I interesting than their work. I would avoid excessive wordiness in my have liked to have met Lily Zografou writing, anyway. I don't like descri- before she passed, and Irvine ptions. I keep only the essential for Yalom.
From the people I have met, the reader. I will always remember Marcello. Magni, co-founder of the Complicite Theater, for his brilliant way of teaching acting, and Gavin Glover who teaches microfilmmaking, because I could see simplicity in his eyes, and an infinite love for what he does. There are too many people out there that have followed the wrong profession for them, in the arts and every other field. It is rare to find someone who truly loves what they're doing and honors it by working hard on it.
Realism, as well as imagination, are concealed within our reality. It's all about the way we face life. I approached life in a different way stupid and that she has to become than I do now. To raw violence, in any therefore realism wells up in my sto- form this can take: sexual, emotional, ries in a startling way.
If the reader etc. If we could X-ray our bodies and takes a closer look at my work though, see how much violence we've consci- they'll notice my endless love for life ously or unconsciously received over and my fears for the human existence. You My heroes go through hard times, but know, it's really hard to truly love they survive, they struggle to liberate ourselves. Most of the time we don't themselves from what restrains them actually know ourselves, and when and most times they succeed.
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Not all we lack this connection it is very diffi- of them. But isn't that how life is? All these suppressed emoti- backwards, some run ahead, others ons easily transform into violence. Do you usually see the positive How much does violence, in its bro- side of things? Or is evil lurking ader sense, concern us?
How easy behind every moment of our lives? Did up on us? What happens when symbolism help you? How only saw the glass half-empty, but many reactions are concealed by couldn't see a glass at all! Who knows? The way I grew up, my genes? From the smallest thing A Through soul-searching I realized I child clipping her doll's hair and telling am a deeply optimistic person after her mom that she wants to be a all!
My natural curiosity, wanting to hairdresser when she grows up, and constantly discover and learn new the mom yelling at her that this is things, keeps me mentally healthy. After you tell us how one can contact you and what ideally are your plans for the imminent future, could you share a wish with us?
D: For the time being, I can be found in London, and also spending nights on my Facebook page and my web page. Ideally, I would like a small house by the sea, with a desk, a chair, and a laptop. I hope my new novel will be out in My wish is that all of us are free to do what we love.
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We sincerely thank Miss Eirini Demirtzaki for her willingness to answer our questions, her natural kindness, her time, but also everything she offered us through her short stories. We, the Custodians of Arts, wish her a very successful and creative future, and to never lose the courage to speak about hard truths. However many flowers he brings. However many apologies he utters. You won't have the strength for it. Clearly they don't know what it means to have every last trace of confidence and self-respect being chipped away from you bit by bit.
It takes years. And it happens very smoothly. You won't be able to exert control over your life, nor will you have many choices. Even if your carefree children are in the backseat - you won't react. You will cover up behaviors that. And this is how everything begins.
From the little things, the innocent things, that show the true face of the person you love. He may believe he adores you. But it is an adoration that only causes you harm. He may never go to extremes. He may never lift a finger on you, but you will feel the verbal abuse in all its forms. Every day you will be getting smaller and smaller, until one day you'll lose yourself completely.
Because everyday, all around us, we see violence and love for life coexisting. Because no matter if we've forgotten it, humans are born pure, and come across violence at a later time. Verbal, physical, psychological - any kind of violence. The author unfolded her own worries through the way she perceives the world, posing the same question to the readers as to herself: why violence and not love?
Why do we suppress our emotions, why do we fight them and benumb them, something that leads to their violent eventual breakout? Humorous and sarcastic, she manages to fit a hard truth inside a few pages. The mosquitoes are gathering around the lamp, as if they're holding an annual malaria meeting on my balcony. They are drawn to the light, same way humans are. To shiny things, to bright faces No one looks at a grump for long. Did they bottle-feed him lemon juice as a child? That's what they're probably thinking when they see my face. I'm growing a beard, in case it masks my resentment.
It is a book that you continue to think about after you finish it, as if you're only starting to comprehend it only after you've completed the first read. Filled with shocking realism, it provides a harsh depiction of life, with cruelty which we sometimes aren't even aware of. It doesn't stop there though Covering up and forgiveness aren't always appropriate Habit, insecurities, and tiring routine, don't always have to win.
All of us have been perpetrators or victims of violence, consciously or unconsciously, because we systematically experience evil lurking everywhere and it is far more recognizable than good, after it occurs of course Eirini Demirtzaki, through raw yet symbolic words, perhaps without setting it as her goal, urges us to experience every aspect of a Our modern reality will always be the ideal inspiration since violence neither discriminates nor waits for you to invite it into your home, your neighborhood, your world It seeps in, in a sweet and soundless way.
In a city that kills every desire. In a city that trains you not to dream, only to stink The author shares with us her fears about the alienation of people. Soon you will be home. Your flatmates will be asleep. You'll do exactly as you did yesterday. A quick shower, brushing your teeth. You'll carefully climb the creaking stairs, you'll switch on the bedside lamp, you'll lie down on the cold duvet with your feet aching from all those hours standing up.
You'll fall asleep. You'll dream of something you won't understand. Next day you'll wake up. You'll get dressed, you'll make coffee, smoke a cigarette. You'll put it out. It'll keep burning. You'll pick it up and squeeze it around the ashtray in a circle till it stops smoking.
Then you'll go to work. Days will pass, the years will pass as well. You'll always move inside a circle. A circle you failed to break. You were scared, or who knows? Maybe if you broke it, all that would be left for you would be a boring straight line Violence begets violence - alas, how much strength is required in order to escape and break its cycle! Isn't it time, however, for us to make some room for positive feelings to grow and flourish? Summary: Violence comes and finds you when you least expect it. During vacation, or at school, or while you're walking down the street. It arrives uninvited while you're in your room, playing with your toys.
It is waiting for you on your living room's couch when you come home from work. You hide it under your clothes or inside your blurry eyes. It shows you signs you studiously ignore. Violence has no age, no sex or nationality. It doesn't discriminate, it isn't discreet. Violence can be described while at the same time being indescribable. Stories of people who live among us. Of the woman next door, the man who's waiting in the car next to you for the light to turn green. Of the child that's coming back from school with a bounce in its step. Sometimes moving, other times funny, stories straight out of the dull routine of everyday life or the most nightmarish fairy tale.
Sweetness and bitterness mixed in a recipe that constitutes the heroes' entire life, or just one fleeting moment. Twenty short stories about violence A very intense, powerful and profound writing. The author reveals all the secrets of human nature in an exquisite way and also all the aspects of society.
A brilliantly written novel that connects directly with the soul as well as the mind, it perfectly shows and pins down fundamental issues of life, which are equally important to fulfill judicial tasks. You read ti in a breath. Carve the Mark is the new book by Veronica Roth, author of the successful Divergent trilogy. It is the first part of a duology that will be completed in April with the publication of The Fates Divide.
This time Roth doesn't take us to a Akos, one of the two main chara- dystopian future but to a different cters, whose gift is to cancel out galaxy or solar system, if we want to other people's gifts, is a Thuvhesit. This system, with its day that the leaders of the planets, nine inhabited planets, is surrounded for some unfathomable reason, by the current, a type of energy that expose the fates of certain people to gifts each person with a magical the public. Everyone has a 'current- power. Carve the Mark takes place gift', fewer have fates: a specific on the planet Thuvhe, amidst the destiny usually connected to larger conflict between the peaceful Thuv- scale events.
The second main character is Cyra, and kind-hearted, and Cyra, who is sister to the violent and sadistic Ry- tougher and more cynical. They learn zek, leader of the Shotet. Cyra's from each other, evolve and grow, currentgift is to inflict pain on others one of them hardening, the other by touch. Its side effect is the unbe- softening, and it was beautiful to arable pain with which she herself has watch this process blossom into to live with on a permanent basis, a something new: a bridge between two physical and mental torment which nations.
The general plot with the becomes even worse by the fact that fates was fairly predictable, and her brother is using her as torturer Ryzek as an antagonist was unstable and executioner, and she allows it and irritating rather than a master of because she's terrified of him. Their coexis- weaknesses you acknowledge but tence, initially full of suspicion and they don't bother you because of the hostility, is the axis around which the main leads' flawless performances.
The friendship and Oh, and how could I not love the fact understanding that gradually develop that the Shotet are scavengers who between the two of them as they get travel in space chasing the current over the prejudices of their respective and visiting other planets? I love people, is the catalyst of the events in space traveling, and the scavenging Carve the Mark. Akos and Cyra will tour of the Shotet was undoubtedly try to end the conflict between Thuv- the most amazing part of the story for hesits and Shotet, and bring peace to me.
I definitely recommend this book. To do that though, they have to defeat the powerful Ryzek P. In case you have read reviews first. Having read those first, I read the heavily on its characters and their book vigilantly and personally found development. I liked both of the main these accusations to be unfounded. Keep in mind however that these reviewers are mostly US citizens, who view the world through the lens of their own culture and everyday life, as does any of us.
Roth was unlucky enough to have her book published during a politically tense time in the US. Personally, having grown up in a country that during its thousands years of history has suffered from conquerors of every skin color, I didn't mind the skin color of the people in this book, especially since Roth never attempted to draw parallels between her fiction and reality. Anastasia Neraidoni Oh, but the road is closed darling and what are you gonna do? There is no Hecate at the crossroads no wizard to help you through. Oh but the door is closed darling and what are you gonna do?
Words have lost their magick in this world and no Dorothy is here to lend you her shoes. Oh, but the world is full darling, with peasants and morons and no fairies to put whispers on you. Oh, but the clouds are gathering darling and Asgard doesn't seem to break through. Oh, but look around your loved ones honey! Hug is the most powerful potion so don't keep them waiting. Hug them and kiss them, that's what you're gonna do! Journalist Bronte McKnight is summoned to a hillside village in the wild and beau-tiful Mani region of Greece by her estran-ged expat father Angus to help him with a medical A heart-warming novel problem.
But she soon disco-vers that Angus, whom she has barely seen in by the author of 10 years, has lured her there with an Things Can Only Get even trickier challenge in mind Ea was reported to be the son of a Custodial king who was said to rule another planet within the far flung Custodial empire.
In addition to engineering Homo sapiens, Prince Ea is given credit in Mesopotamian tablets for many other accomplishments. If he was a real person, then Ea could best be described as a scientist and civil engineer of considerable talent. He is said to have drained marshes by the Persian Gulf and to have replaced them with fertile agricultural land. He supervised the construction of dams and dikes. Ea loved sailing and he built ships in which to navigate the seas. When it came time to create Homo sapiens, Ea demonstrated a good grasp of genetic engineering, but not, according to the tablets, without trial and error.
Most importantly, Ea was described as goodhearted, at least in regard to his creation, Homo sapiens. Mesopotamian texts portray Ea as an advocate who spoke before Custodial councils on behalf of the new Earth race. He opposed many of the cruelties that other Custodial rulers, including his half-brother, Enlil , inflicted upon human beings. It would appear from Sumerian tablets that Ea did not intend Homo sapiens to be harshly treated, but his wishes in that regard were overruled by other Custodial leaders.
The Mesopotamians were clearly not schooled in Darwinian theories of evolution! Nevertheless, there is some surprising anthropological evidence to support the Sumerian version of prehistory. According to modern-day analyses of the fossil record, Homo sapiens emerged as a distinct animal species somewhere between , B. As time progressed, a number of subspecies of Homo sapiens emerged, including that subspecies to which all human beings belong today: Homo sapiens sapiens. Homo sapiens sapiens appeared a mere 30, years ago —some say only10, to 20, years ago.
This raises an important question: were the Sumerians referring to Homo sapiens or Homo sapiens sapiens in their creation stories? There seems to be no firm answer. Excellent arguments have been made that they were referring to original Homo sapiens. I tend to favor the argument that they were probably referring to modern Homo sapiens sapiens, for the following reasons:. They were primarily concerned with how they themselves had come into existence. In their various works, ancient Sumerians depicted hairy animal-like men who appear to be a more primitive subspecies of Homo sapiens.
The Sumerians clearly viewed those primitive men as an entirely different race of creature. If the Mesopotamian creation stories are based upon actual events, and if those stories refer to the creation of Homo sapiens sapiens, we would expect Homo sapiens sapiens to appear very suddenly in history. Remarkably, that is precisely what happened. The anthropological record reveals that Homo sapiens sapiens appeared on Earth abruptly, not gradually. Clark Howell and T. White of the University of California at Berkeley had this to say:. These people [Homo sapiens sapiens] and their initial material culture appear with seeming suddenness just over 30, years ago, probably earlier in eastern than in western Europe.
The mystery of this abrupt appearance is deepened by another puzzle: why did the more primitive Neanderthal man Homo sapiens neanderthalensis suddenly vanish at the same time that modern Homo sapiens sapiens appeared? Evolution is not that fast. Howell and White pondered this question and concluded:. The Encyclopedia Britannica concurs:. The factors responsible for the disappearance of the Neanderthal peoples are an important problem to which there is unfortunately still no clear solution. The Sumerian creation stories do offer a clear solution to the riddle, but it is one that many people would have a difficult time accepting: the sudden appearance of Homo sapiens sapiens, accompanied by the abrupt disappearance of Neanderthal man, was caused by intelligent intervention.
It might be conjectured that Neanderthal man was either exterminated or hauled off the Earth to make room for the new slave race, and perhaps to prevent breeding between the two subspecies. Whatever the precise truth of this might be, we do know two facts with certainty: modern anthropology has discovered a sudden replacement of Neanderthal man with modern man, and Mesopotamian records state that intelligent planning by an extraterrestrial race lay somewhere behind that dramatic event. In Chapter 2 , we discussed the fact that humans appear to be spiritual beings animating physical bodies.
The spirit seems to be the true source of awareness, personality, and intelligence. Without a spiritual entity to animate it, a human body would be little more than a reactive animal, or dead. The people of ancient Mesopotamia thoroughly understood this critical fact when they mentioned a spiritual being in connection with the creation of Homo sapiens:. You have slaughtered a God together with his personality [spiritual being] I have removed your heavy work, I have imposed your toil on man. Custodial rulers knew that they needed to keep spiritual beings permanently attached to human bodies in order to animate those bodies and make them intelligent enough to perform their labors:.
In the clay God [a spiritual entity] and Man [physical body of Homo sapiens] shall be bound, to a unity brought together; So that to the end of days the Flesh and the Soul which in a God have ripened— that Soul in a blood-kinship be bound. Based upon how things are done in human society, we might guess that the Custodial society used criminals, deviates, prisoners of war, detested social and racial groups, nonconformists, and other undesirables to obtain the spiritual beings it needed to animate the new slave race of Earth.
Humans were certainly treated like convicts sentenced to hard labor:. With picks and spades they [human beings] built the shrines,. They built the big canal banks. For food for the peoples, for the sustenance of [the God s]. As beasts of burden, humans were brutally treated by their extraterrestrial masters.
The clay tablets tell of vast and catastrophic cruelty perpetrated by the Custodians against their human servants. Cold-blooded population control measures were carried out frequently:. Twelve hundred years had not yet passed When the land extended and the peoples multiplied. The land was bellowing like a bull,. The God got disturbed with their uproar. With their uproar I am deprived of sleep. Cut off supplies for the peoples, Let there be a scarcity of plant-life to satisfy their hunger. Adad [another Custodian] should withhold his rain, And below, the flood [the regular flooding of the land which made it fertile] should not come up from the abyss.
Let the wind blow and parch the ground, Let the clouds thicken but not release a downpour, Let the fields diminish their yields,. There must be no rejoicing among them.
A similar longevity is attributed to Ea and other Custodial rulers. Many people find it difficult to believe that any creature, including an extraterrestrial, could live that long. The surprising longevity attributed to Custodial rulers may perhaps be explained by Sumerian spiritual beliefs. An Assyrian tablet adds:. Let disease, sickness, plague and pestilence Blow upon them like a tornado. Disease, sickness, plague and pestilence Blew upon them like a tornado. The tablets describe ghastly conditions in which food supplies were cut off, in which diseases were laid upon the people that constricted wombs and prevented childbirth, and in which starvation became so rampant that human beings were forced to resort to cannibalism.
When this genocide did not produce a sufficient drop in the human population, the Custodians resumed it. Eventually, a decision was made to destroy the human race entirely with a great flood. Many archaeologists today believe that there was a cataclysmic flood in the Near East thousands of years ago. According to the Epic, a Babylonian named Utnapishtim was approached by Prince Ea , who opposed the decision to destroy his creation, Homo sapiens.
Ea, who is described in other writings as a master shipbuilder and sailor, gave Utnapishtim instructions on how to build a boat which could survive the flood. Utnapishtim then loaded the boat with his gold, family, and livestock, along with craftsmen and wild animals, and hoisted off to sea. Babylonian and Assyrian tablets relate that just prior to flooding the land, the Custodians scorched it with flame. Then they flooded the region by causing a long rainstorm and by breaking the intricate system of dams and dikes that had been built in Mesopotamia to control the erratic flooding of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
The Gilgamesh Epic relates that Utnapishtim and his crew survived the ordeal. When it was over, they sought out dry land by releasing a series of three birds; if a bird did not return to the boat, Utnapishtim would know that it had found dry land nearby on which to alight. Once back on solid ground, Utnapishtim was joined by several Custodians returning from out of the sky.
Instead of destroying the survivors, a degree of leniency prevailed and the Custodians transported the surviving humans to another region to live. The tale of Utnapishtim should ring a bell with anyone who is familiar with the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark. That is because the tale of Noah, lace many other stories in the Old Testament, is taken from older Mesopotamian writings. The latter change was an unfortunate one because it caused a Supreme Being to be blamed for the brutal acts that earner writers had attributed to the very God-like Custodians.
The story of Adam and Eve is unique in that it is entirely symbolic, and through its symbols it provides an intriguing account of early human history. They both lived in an abundant paradise known as the Garden of Eden. The Old Testament tells us that Adam first man was designed to be a servant. There was, however, one unpardonable sin that they must never commit.