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LITERATURE AND ART » Contemporary Greek Authors

The facts of our lives

Maragkopoulos Aris

Pages: 192
Shape: 12 x 20
ISBN: 978-960-499-149-5
Price: 11.00 €

 A moment of disobedience meant something. As if the possibility of changing the facts of their lives really existed. As if it was possible to laugh again.

The Facts of our Lives, is an epistolary novella. Two old guys, in pension, feel that the shortening of their physical life should not signify a shortening of their active involvement in social life – moreover when this globalized life has been cheapened in every meaning of the word.
So these old friends decide to proceed to a peculiar sort of activism: terrorize those people in power who are directly responsible of terrorizing other citizens' life. And they do it in their simple yet straight way: they present themselves as members of an underground movement and under this disguise they send threatening letters to a number of well known corrupt people of the state. With these letters they urge their targets to do certain things as a work of penance for their former evil deeds. To appear more convincing they move on to small acts of symbolic value: they burn a luxury car, they threaten to disclose secrets of their victims' intimate life to the public, they pretend they know more about the scandals these people are involved etc.

Today large social groups throughout the world earn their living in ways which in the past would have been considered criminal, immoral or inhuman. Never before have such large parts of the population been ready to sell anything and everything: the environment, their country, their cultural heritage, their ethics, their aesthetics, their values, their daughter, their knowledge and, above all, their hopes for a more human world. Never before has political corruption been perpetuated so easily by the relaxed reaction of a large section of the population. Never before has the old American Dream achieved such widespread dominance as a universal human value. Never before was profit a more persuasive accomplice of tolerance and acquiescence on the part of the citizen. Never before was the citizen’s conscience so lonely when set against the fierce competition of profit.
And yet… All it takes to change the world is a single moment of refusal to obey these facts of our lives. The probability that “one day the dreams will have their revenge” is the wager made by the characters in this book, as they live stealthily between the barbarism of the world as it exists and the dreams of the disobedient citizen.

The Facts of our Lives is a manifesto against global and national state corruption, a convincing story of companionship, tender love, understanding of the rising power of small urban communities and, above all, a story of firm resistance to today's barbarity – all that written as early as 2002. This second edition of the book includes a «15 years after» post-scriptum to the story. More about this novella you may find here.


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