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Five women of various ages face, each in her own
way, what seems to be the deterministic trap of Fate: a freshman in a
girls' boarding school with the strange ability to share other people's
dreams; a young woman in a straitjacket, desperately trying to locate a
very particular future; a middle-aged skier refusing to be just a puppet
on a string; an elderly fortune-teller with insufficient faith in her own
trade; finally, an old lady whose very precious alarm clock is suddenly
broken. And engulfing all of them, a strange mist through which no-one can
empathetic surrealism works with a special elegance here,
summarizing beautifully the existential redemption fantasy can
"Once again [Steps through the
Mist] definitely serves to demonstrate that Zoran Zivkovic is a
writer of great talent and vision, a man for whom the mists are perhaps
a little clearer than for the rest of us."
The Alien Online,
Published in Spain by Minotauro, 2004, in the UK by PS Publishing, 2006, as a part of the mega-collection Impossible Stories, and in the USA by Aio Publishing, 2007.
Stories from the book published in
the UK (magazine Interzone, September, November/December 2002,
January, February, March 2003), in Finnland (magazine Tähtivaeltaja,
2/2003), and in France (magazine Les moutons électriques, Fall
from Steps through the Mist ("Alarm Clock on the Night Table")
was broadcasted by the radio BBC 7 on 11th March 2007.