Fiction. THE FABULOUS DEAD is a collection of very short stories, that might belong to the imaginary genre of "un-historical fiction," a type of literature that deals with the undoing of history and its reweaving into poetic images resembling surreal fables. In THE FABULOUS DEAD, famous (and fabulous) dead characters find themselves in dream-like situations or influence the living in unexpected ways. Brahms is having telephone troubles and is a sauerkraut addict, Marlene Dietrich lives in an ice-cream freezer, Claude Francois becomes the reason for a revolution, Wittgenstein is boiling in a pot of soup, Scott of the Antarctic wants to learn the piano, princess Alexandra of Bavaria decides to take a job as a pianist on a cruise-ship, Julius Caesar is humiliated by a bowl of gutted fish and a mysterious seagull, Virginia Woolf, Sarah Kane and Sylvia Plath drink bloody Marys in the living room, Gus Grissom has a secret affair with Dante's Beatrice. The result is an intricate mosaic of thoughts seeking their stories, almost forcing themselves into them; thoughts on identity, individuality, uniqueness, life-purposes and lives wasted or enjoyed. THE FABULOUS DEAD is, perhaps above all, a ball-masque oscillating between the eternal and the ephemeral.
Andriana Minou is a musician and writer, born in Greece and living in London since 2004. She works mainly as a pianist and is the founder of the Vladimir&Estragon Piano Duo and the Oiseaux Bizarres Ensemble. Andriana holds a BA in Piano Performance (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki), an MA in Performing Arts (Middlesex University, London) and a PhD in Piano Performance Practice (Goldsmiths, University of London). As an academic researcher she has organised the 1st International Jani Christou Conference (London, 2013) and has presented her work at IRCAM, Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2014). She has written librettos and performance texts for operas and performances presented around Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Athens etc.). As a composer/songwriter she has released albums with the DIY label FYTINI (as Delicassetten Machimenai and andrianette) and composed music for various performances. Her work as a writer and poet has been published by Strange Days Books, The Paper Nautilus, Rattle Journal, poetix, Story Brewhouse, codepoetry, chimeres, FIVE:2:ONE and more. She is a co-organiser of Sand Festival, a DIY literature summer festival on the islands of Gavdos (2015-16) and Koufonissia (2017).Author City: London GB