Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai‏


Anthony Michael Karakai was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is a dual citizen of Hungary. Holding an International Business degree, he is also a qualified percussionist and music producer, having studied music extensively since the age of seven. Working in journalism, his work has been published in various magazines and websites. With an insatiable appetite for travel and an eagerness to explore off the beaten path, Karakai travels at every opportunity- his travels and ongoing commitment to exploring the world are what inspires him to write.

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In the year 2091, humans have lost the ability to dream. After decades of financial and social depression, dreams and aspirations have become a recessive gene—an impossibility of the modern mind.

Greece is one of the worst social and economic disaster zones, and all hope of a better future has been lost. One young man, Nikos, discovers that he is not like everybody else—there is something different about him.

Believing that he may be going crazy, he soon discovers that he is the only person in Greece who has inherited the ability to dream. Time is running out as the government continues its tirade of corruption and suppression against the people, and Nikos must find a way to teach others how to dream so that once more society can free itself from the shackles of mental slavery.

Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
The mystery and power of dreams to compel ordinary people to do extraordinary deeds. I wanted to give readers something out of the ordinary that would really get them thinking about life, how short it really is, and how important it is for us to live in a way that will do justice to our desires.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
3 months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
My favourite part about writing is when you are first starting, and a surge of creativity hits which ties the opening sentence to the very last one. Getting on a roll and powering through passages is also exhilarating.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
I enjoy all aspects of writing. The only potentially difficult part is editing, as it’s easy to miss things, no matter how many times you read it.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d like to be somebody who is in a position to give foreign aid to Third World countries, and really make a difference.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
The oldest thing in my fridge? I’d say the ice blocks. They’re there, but I never use them. I should probably get rid of them now that you mention it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Readers can expect more thought-provoking books, whether they be inspirational/coming of age/magical realism, or thrillers. I always strive to provide a work where even if they don’t enjoy it, they can walk away having gained something from it. Stories are subjective, but if you can make people think long after they’ve read your book, you’ve really made a difference.

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