alexander zelenyj

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I am meeting Alexander Zelenyj again – lucky me! I just need to reach out and bring his words off the shelf.

For me, reading Alexander Zelenyj’s work is… dreaming, living, feeling… if you get the picture, good for you, if not, it’s time to discover Alexander Zelenyj.

His heart ached: it was the sound of her old despair, a world removed from the good crying.

Alexander Zelenyj, Songs For The Lost

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Rhys Hughes tagged me for this. In your status line list 10 books that have stayed with you.

Don’t take more than a few minutes. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be great works, or even your favourites. Just the ones that have touched you.
Tag 10 friends including me so I’ll see your list.

Books that have stayed with me?

  1. L’Éducation sentimentale (Gustave Flaubert)
  2. Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes (Honoré de Balzac)
  3. Le Rouge et le Noir (Stendhal)
  4. The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)
  5. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
  6. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  7. After Such Knowledge (James Blish)
  8. Le Matin des Magiciens (Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier)
  9. Les jeux sont faits (Jean-Paul Sartre)
  10. À la recherche du temps perdu (Marcel Proust)
  11. The Trial (Franz Kafka)
  12. Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  13. Demons (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
  • 2010 – The Coandă Effect (Rhys Hughes)
  • 2010 – O Evangelho do Enforcado (David Soares)
  • 2013 – Experiments at 3 Billion A.M. (Alexander Zelenyj)
  • 2014 – Feather (David Rix)
  • 2015 – Sylvow (Douglas Thompson)
  • 2016 – A Suite In Four Windows (David Rix)

Rules: In your status line, list 10 books that have stayed with you. Don’t take more than a few minutes; don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be great works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends, including me, so I’ll see your list.

black sunshine by alexander zelenyj

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Without any 3D effects Black Sunshine, Alexander Zelenyj is a real joy; without knowing what is going to happen next helps keep the suspense (horror) level high.

  • the background event isn’t explained: it just happened, and it was sudden
  • it was through the perspectives/thoughts of the main character that I can try to figure something
  • there was no sudden discovery of a super solution that could solve the event(?)
  • it really made me think of how people might react in that situation

These are some of the added values of the book. The story has allegorical elements about society and family, humanness, about the knowing and foremost about the unknown. The book makes me feel extremely uncomfortable.
But the main achievement is that the book come with an “open story”: it leaves me with many unanswered questions.

It’s actually a book rather fascinating; very intelligent and thought-provoking.

musical interview to alexander zelenyj

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“Songs for the Lost” was one of the best books I have read recently. Alexander Zelenyj has a complex and visionary writing and what I can say is how the book touched me for its beauty, for its insanity, for its soul, for its melancholy.

Alexander Zelenyj is a singular writer whose words beautifully crafted, with a sustained rhythm, still carries an effect, after placing the book on the shelf; he loves, clearly, pushing buttons in our brain.

1. Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes and no, I suppose. Yes, in that I think someone could recognize my writing no matter what genre or type of story it is. No, in that I actively enjoy writing in a variety of styles running the gamut from very verbose to more streamlined and minimalist.

2. What books have most influenced your life?

The dark fantasy short stories of Robert E. Howard, which was the first fiction I fell absolutely in love with as a child and without which I likely wouldn’t be doing the kind of writing I do today; early Ray Bradbury, so dark and poetic; Harlan Ellison, who showed me the limitless potential of fiction. And far too many more to list!

3. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would say Robert E. Howard, because it was in his writing that I first saw (although I didn’t realize it at the time) a seamless merging of genres. It was in his sword and sorcery stories that I first found a merging of the fantastical with realism with horror to create a very grim and believable world. Reading an REH story – especially his dark fantasy and historical fiction – I’ve always felt that anything can happen. There’s limitless potential in that kind of a story, and it’s been drawing me back into Howard’s clutches time and again since childhood.

4. What are your current projects?

I recently finished work on two manuscripts – one is a collection of magical realism-influenced literary short fiction, the other a novel much in the same vein. I’m really excited about them – I think it’s my strongest writing yet, and a lot different from my last couple of books. The prose style is a little more refined, the surreal motifs are woven into the gritty, realistic backdrop more subtly.

songs for the lost by alexander zelenyj

songs for the lost by alexander zelenyj

Also, I’m a good ways into another collection that’s a little more in line with the type of material of Songs For The Lost, very slipstream in style and pulling in influences from a lot of different genres. I’m also finishing up work on an expanded version of my first novel, Black Sunshine, scheduled for re-issue later in the year as a collaborative release from Fourth Horseman Press and Eibonvale Press, which will mark the book’s 10th anniversary.

5. How much research do you do?

I read a lot of non-fiction, and I find that this often inspires me to write fiction with certain backdrops and so forth, so in a way I’m always doing research because I’m constantly reading and learning things that often find their way into my fiction writing.

6. Do you write full-time or part-time?

I’ve made a habit of writing every day for several hours, without fail. I’ve been doing that for years so at this point it’s very natural to me. It’s like breathing, I don’t really have to think about it, it just happens as part of my regular day to day life.

7. Where do your ideas come from?

I have no idea, other than to say they come, in some form or other, from my love of stories. I’ve always loved telling stories, and being told stories, whether in the form of a book, a song, another person telling me a story from their life. Often when I sit down to write I want to convey a certain mood or atmosphere that I’m feeling particularly strongly, and I go from there, with everything else falling naturally into place from there on in.

8. How can readers discover more about you and you work?

By visiting either my website – alexanderzelenyj.com – or the websites of my publishers, Eibonvale Press – eibonvalepress.co.uk – and Fourth Horseman Press – fourthhorsemanpress.com. Or by reading one of my books!

songs for the lost by alexander zelenyj

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This isn’t an opinion but a statement.

“Songs for the Lost” was one of the best books I have read recently. And of course for this to have any value I will put the names of some books I read at least this year:
Sob o Sol Jaguar, Italo Calvino (Teorema)
Nove Histórias, J. D. Salinger (Quetzal Editores)
O Deserto dos Tártaros, Dino Buzzati (O Marcador)
Kafka à Beira-Mar, Haruki Murakami (Casa das Letras)

Getting Started …
I finished reading the book “Songs for the Lost” by Alexander Zelenyj, edited by Eibonvale Press, and the first conclusion I reach is that I really haven’t finished reading the book. Sounds absurd, I know. This is said because it’s a book whose words stay in memory and make me think, suddenly of some lines, of some sentences; like that melody that in the morning, for no apparent reason, does not come out of the head and is constantly being hummed.

Alexander Zelenyj is a master weaver holding me in a labyrinthine web of words – when I notice I am stuck (suspended) such as a puppet, inanimate, until the puppeteer gives me life.

songs for the lost by alexander zelenyj

songs for the lost by alexander zelenyj

Alexander Zelenyj has a complex and visionary writing and here, of course, I’m not saying anything that has not already been said about him. What I can say, as a reader, and not as a literary critic, that I am not of course, is how the book touched me for its beauty, for its insanity, for its soul, for its melancholy.

The words of “Songs for the Lost” are not innocent and paraphrasing Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864):“Words – so innocent and powerless As They are the standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil They Become in the hands of one who knows how to combine Them.” – from “Defrocking the Devil: Theology of Fear” by Thomas J Boynton.

Yes, Alexander Zelenyj is not a prolific writer, but when he writes – writes dazzling stories. Alexander Zelenyj is a writer that makes you sweat, shake your head and makes you think “what next?” at the turn of every the page. This book is really a thunderstorms of words.

To Alexander Zelenyj I just need to throw a sentence of Boris Pasternak: “Immensely grateful, touched, proud, astonished, abashed.”

Thank you.