In three stories, M. Duda uses supernatural and science fiction elements to tell a larger tale about humanity.
The first story in his collection, "A Sarjeta" follows an impoverished Portuguese with one simple dream. He wants to taste meat. Although Leandro also has larger goals of becoming a famous artist, his hunger and poverty are always at the front of his mind. When he forms a relationship with the wrong person, Leandro will realize that incredible evil exists just across the street.
The middle story, "Good-bye, Sweet Mercury" takes a turn away from the horrific and focuses on a father's love for his daughter. In this short, simple tale, the father stands at a precipice in his life. He doesn't want to leave his little girl and will have to make a big decision about his future.
The last story, "Yesterday Never, Tomorrow and Today," furthers M. Duda's theme of metamorphosis and introduces an indentured farmer who is trying to make up for his criminal past. In a future civilization, the farmer faces harsh truths about himself.
Through these glimpses into different worlds, M. Duda tells three intricate, compelling tales of transformation.
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