I fell over, almost, I lost balance, I saw him. He was carrying the globe in his hands and I could see myself in many years' time, walking with him hand in hand, in Buenos Aires, in Rio de Janeiro, in Auckland, in Vienna, or whichever city his fingers happened to be on right now. My heart was beating so fast it was impossible to think.
In The Republic of Love a woman tries to come to terms with her past. In flashbacks and dream-like sequences, parts of her life unravel before us, but we are never certain what is real and what is not, what really took place and what didn't. A chance meeting with a homeless man is a turning point in her life.
The Republic of Love is a micro novel and available as signed + hand made copy in limited edition. An excerpt is up in the current issue of BluePrintReview: "Cold, Warm, Lukewarm".
Nora Nadjarian is a Cypriot poet and short story writer. She has published three collections of poetry and her work has won prizes or been commended in various international competitions. Her first collection of short stories, Ledra Street, was published in 2006. Her second poetry collection Cleft in Twain was one of the books from Cyprus recommended in an article in The Guardian on the literature of the new member states of the European Union (May 2004). Her poems and short stories have been included in various anthologies and journals internationally and a new book of her short stories is forthcoming from Folded Word (USA) in 2011.
About blueprintpressFounded in 2006, blueprintpress is the print side wing of BluePrintReview. The current focus is on new and experimental formats, like micro novels: hand-made books that fit in an airmail envelope. There is a second micro novel that is open to pre-orders now: My Apartment by Michael K. White. Both micro novels are offered as signed author copies, hand-made limited editions. They will be delivered with international air mail, and are available as single volumes, or as bundle (more here: blueprint micro novels).
Nora Nadjarian: The Republic of Love
24 pages, hand-made + signed copy 7$
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