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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Litost: Sliced Stories is a collection of short stories around a similar atmosphere and mood, written and compiled by author Samir Satam. Written for adult reading audiences owing to their dark emotive themes and the presence of some contextually relevant abusive language, this is a melancholy collection that explores the titular feeling of ‘litost’, a many-layered sensation of loss and longing with deep aches and sudden sharp edges. The twelve stories in this collection certainly live up to that mantle, taking us to true and deeply human experiences from people in different walks of life, but all of whom are going through some part of the litost emotional process.
Author Samir Satam has crafted a superb collection of tales, each one as delicately detailed and intricately planned as the last. One of the things which I really enjoyed about these works was the nature of the character study and presentation, giving us all the ‘show’ of a myriad of mixed emotions without having to ‘tell’ at any point. Each movement and finely tuned piece of dialogue serves a purpose, whilst the cinematically described atmospheres and settings give us the complementary or contrasting mood to heighten emotions. Some personal favorites were the rhythmical and poetic Hungry Creatures and the chilling cultural realizations of Honor, which really struck me deeply and gave me pause for thought. Overall, I would certainly recommend Litost: Sliced Stories to fans of accomplished writing which flows with the lyricism of poetry but also has a high level of emotional intelligence indeed.