Memento Mori

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Memento Mori; a short story about death and its relevance in today's age. More
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Words: 1,820
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476173313
About Cristian Mihai

Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.

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Review by: Shitij Bagga on Oct. 12, 2012 :
I liked the way the author had started the story and I thought there was going to be some mystery in it. The book focuses more on the contemplation of death rather than it's cause in that particular case and that reveals the depth of the author's thoughts. A nice intellectual read.
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Review by: Ben Rovik on Oct. 02, 2012 :
"I carried on with my writing, my father kept looking for a new job, and our favorite teams kept losing."

Melancholy, economical lines like this one really made the story for me. It's a lovely, quiet meditation on death with a bit of narrative about some mysterious gravestones to tie it together. Makes me want to read more from Cristian Mihai!
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Review by: Tim Shey on Aug. 16, 2012 :
"Memento Mori" is an excellent short story. Cristian Mihai's writing reminds me of Franz Kafka and Albert Camus. I liked this paragraph (it is not unlike the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible):

"Time is cruel and has no remorse. Whether you want it or not, everything in this world is temporary. Everything withers and dies like the most common of flowers. It’s not complicated. Time takes it all away, time makes people forget and, in the end, among its dusted, old rooms there is nothing but darkness to be found."

Here are some lines from Gerard Manley Hopkins' "That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection":

"Man, how fast his firedint, | his mark on mind, is gone!
Both are in an unfathomable, all is in an enormous dark
Drowned. O pity and indig | nation! Manshape, that shone
Sheer off, disseveral, a star, | death blots black out; nor mark
Is any of him at all so stark
But vastness blurs and time | beats level."

Cristian Mihai has a lot of talent. He is in the company of Hopkins, Camus and Kafka, so he must be doing something right/write.
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Review by: Elizabeth May on June 13, 2012 :
The subject of death is a broad and difficult one to approach, but Mihai does it well, reflecting thoughtfully on the topic from beginning to end. Although there were passages that could have used work, there are moments of brilliance. "Death is the only thing we really own in this world," the narrator remarks as he explores the reconciliation of himself with his own mortality. A short but insightful read.
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