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Beyond the Absurd

Lord Byron: "Truth is stranger than fiction".

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"Beyond the Absurd" is book for everyone, who is interested about deep soul horizons and grotesque abyss of Absurd. This book contains very short stories in genres Absurd, dystopia, fantasy, fiction, post - apocalyptic and grotesque. In my work there is strange viewpoint about human existence, ima
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pink (not just another shade of red)
I love short stories. Always to the point. No word wasted. You always have to read between the lines. And there's a story of how these stories came together in one book. Yet short story collections are always very tricky reads. For me, at least. Most of the time, the stories are written by different writers with different voices and styles from different times all over the world. Thus, making them even trickier to review. Reviewing the collection as a whole would be a bit unfair to the superior ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This unique collection of short stories delves into the human existence focusing on death, ghosts and time travel.
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It's a fascinating viewpoint shown to us on a roller coaster that was both abstract and disconnected. Buckle up for the absurd - it was a wild ride that I enjoyed!
Andy N
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I want to thank the author Alexander Tomov for the advanced copy of his book in exchange for an honest review!

Beyond the Absurd was a delight to read. Being a fan for the Theatre of the Absurd, specially Waiting for godot by Samuel Backett and No Exist by Jean-Paul Sartre, I’m familiar with the style.

These 12 short stories, focused on the absurd, take the reader in a journey to the deepest and darkest corners of the human mind and actions, and the paradox of human choices and opinions. These ta
Robert Stowe
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absurdly interesting! Good read. Makes ones imagination travel where very few dare to venture.
Kenna McKinnon
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm quoting here from Wikipedia, "The Theatre of the Absurd is a post–World War II designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s, as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. Their work focused largely on the idea of existentialism and expressed what happens when human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down..."

Most well known to me is Samuel Becke
Author Yasir Sulaiman
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! This book has literally captured my imagination “Beyond the Absurdities”! Combining elements of horror, mythology and science fiction, the author has ensured that everyone will love a piece of this book. It features 12 short stories; all of which contain a single theme. ‘What are we doing to the world today? Isn’t everything being destroyed around us? Then why aren’t we taking steps to save it? The future looks very bleak but we are not changing. Coming to mythology, “the Day of Judgmen ...more
Karina McRoberts
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
"There is something inherently deceptive about reality."

What a great opening line! If you even slightly lean to this way of thinking, check out Bulgarian author Alexandar Tomov's collection of short stories, Beyond the Absurd.

They are genuinely spooky. They do lose a little in the translation, but not much. A few need more solid endings, but perhaps that's where we, as readers, should be - wondering....

He has a way of getting you in. Hint: Do NOT get into the elevator !!!

This author's ability to
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
As promised, this book contained short stories that dealt with the dark and grim realities of what's next and do we dare face it. I enjoyed the stories as I was able to quickly get into the mind of the storyteller. Each story was stark and powerful in their visions.

For a quick read, it hits the mark.

Judi Moore
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Alexander Tomov gave me 12 stories extracted from his (as I understand) forthcoming volume of short fiction for an honest review.

The stories began life in Bulgarian and have been translated, mainly by Ekaterina Petrova. In her hands their complex, abstract content has made a seamless transition into excellent English while maintaining the original Eastern European flavour. The stories reminded me of Kafka’s work, in the way that everything is a metaphor for something else, emotion is internalise
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who prefer a little monotonous books
Recommended to Hallie by: Alexandar Tomov
Shelves: 2-stars, reviewed
Free copy provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a collection of ten stories which deals with something I found rather vague. In my opinion, I found all the stories obscure. All the stories are written in first person, and I developed a slight abhorrence towards first person narrative ever since I was a young girl.

After reading all the stories, I found no connecting link between the stories. They were sort of cryptic, and the authentic meaning is hard to i
Lisa McKenzie
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alexander Tomov takes the banalities of living in this world and inserts such incongruous details into the everyday that his short stories become sinister, frightening and in most cases quite creepy- the 4 year old that decided at 2 to commit suicide, who jumps from the rooftop giving the assembled below the finger on the way down, the anti death drug which enables longevity through ceaseless orgasms, the devil running an orgy at the UN as hell is out of room. There is in these stories the prese ...more
Jonah Bergan
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
An Up and Coming Talent
As I read “Beyond the Absurd,” I felt as if I was reading from the notebooks of a young philosopher. Some of the stories felt a little contrived, but that is often true with the the philosophic style. Setting and lighting and the complexity of characters are typically not goals of the philosophic style. Instead, read these stories for the the questions they pose. Read them to ride along as the concepts evolve. It is a rare opportunity to glimpse the mind of a genius at wor
Iesha (In east shade house at...)
Beyond the Absurd is a collection of ten short stories, all written in first person. Honesty, I didn't really feel an connection to any of the speakers in the stories, and at times I was a little confused about some of the stories in general. (Not sure rather that's the point of Beyond the Absurd) Always, this was an ok read for me.

~Review will be updated once I re read through the stories again~
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aleksandar Tomov’s collection of short stories, entitled Beyond the Absurd, exhibits an unapologetic fascination with death and explores the ways in which people attempt to control, negotiate with, deny, and accept what is most often considered the “evil” side of human nature.

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May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: miscellaneous
The "Beyond The Absurd" collection of short stories are not as polished as Tomov's "Future Gone" but are just as enjoyable. His ideas and concepts are fabulous, and all of these shorts contain unique twists. I particularly enjoy the fact that each piece never seems to travel exactly in the direction I expect as I read on. My favorites are "Street From The Distant Future" and "The Firekeeper." ...more
Parinaz Billimoria
Beyond Imagination. Beyond ordinary work. Beyond absurdity! I liked it! Thanks Alexander...
G.R. Holton
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read the original text and though the stories were very good. Thank you Alexandar for a very cool read!
Bob Holton
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given this book for my honest review. I really couldn't get into this book,I guess it is because not my style. ...more
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Alexander Tomov Jr. was born on June 3, 1982 in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. He is freelance writer and film director who is looking for realization abroad. His work consists of short stories and short films. The author creates non standard points of view toward the world and the human existence. Some of his stories are hypotheses for the development of society and civilization and for the evol ...more

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