Myrto Azina Chronides (b.1961) was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. Since her early years, she has written many essays and poems. She won several literary prizes at the Pancyprian Gymnasium for poetry and prose, and published her first book, Hemerologion, at the age of fifteen. After graduation, she specialized in General Medicine at the academic hospital of the University of Bonn in Euskirchen. Since 2007, she has been working in Cyprus at the Department of Medical and Public Health Services. She has received a positive critical reaction for her modern and unconventional writing style, while her short stories have featured in many literary magazines and in two national anthologies.
In short, Myrto Azina’s book could be described as a study on erotic love and the soul. A couple’s sexual relationship forms the central theme running across most of the stories. From the beginning, He and She, the book’s protagonists, take a pledge to undergo an ‘experiment’: to understand the nature of erotic love and their relationship by abstaining from carnal contact so as to devote themselves to writing. She is an unbowed woman who claims her freedom. He is, “a wise man, a believer in the Socratic saying, ‘All I know is that I know nothing’”. To Peirama’s peculiar, subtly connected narrative houses a collection of tales that lean towards the structure of a synthetic prose piece, neither novella nor novel. Consequently, the book is an original work, which does not fit easily within any traditional genre of creative prose.