A Philosophy of Exits and Entrances Dimitris Lyacos's Poena Damni Z213: EXIT

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Issue 13

Published: Feb 2011
Location: Hong Kong
Reviewed by: Michael O' Sullivan
Review of book: Z213: EXIT

Overall, the collection leaves us with a wonderfully dark yet enticing description of what might be described as a philosophy of exits and entrances. The notion of the threshold is an age-old concern for writers that has assumed epic proportions in such works as Kafka's Before the Law and Beckett's short poem My way is in the sand flowing. That Lyacos' description of the mystery that surrounds thresholds can sit comfortably beside these two works is surely a mark of its stature.

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