Myth, folklore and magic permeate the stories in Marianne Micros's collection Eye. Set in ancient and modern Greece and in contemporary Europe and North America, these tales tell of evil-eye curses, women healers, ghosts, a changeling and people struggling to retain or gain power in a world of changing beliefs. Here you will find stories of a nymph transformed into a heifer, a young soldier who returns home to discover that his brother is a changeling, an ancient temple uncovered during the construction of a church, a betrayed woman lost in a labyrinth, a wise woman confronting changes to her position when modern technology comes to her village. Some stories show that people still seek refuge in myth and folk beliefs; the ways of the past are not gone. The paving of a village does not destroy the power of the evil eye or the ability to repel it. A temple in honour of the old gods comes again to the surface. An unfinished musical composition for piano magically completes itself whenever it is played. Magic is not dead but rises again in unexpected ways. (From Guernica Editions)
Marianne Micros is the author of poetry and short fiction. She used to teach English at the University of Guelph.
Eye is a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. The winners will be announced on Oct. 29, 2019.
From the book
The boy coming in from swimming, found a man's head in the water, caught in the sand near shore. His feet kicked into the head, and he pulled it out. The eyes, wide open and deep blue, stared at him solemnly and wisely. The boy stared back, as if hypnotized, then felt the goose pimples start crawling over his dripping body. He dug a hole in a corner of the beach, behind a rock, and buried the head, eyes downward, staring into the earth.
Frightened, the boy started to climb the steps leading up to a ruined fortress at the top. His body and shorts were drying already in the hot sun, as he walked across the cobblestones of the main street and headed upwards. He hurried past the shops and small houses, in fear that his mother would see him and call him to come do his chores.
From Eye by Marianne Micros ©2019. Published by Guernica Editions