The Mirror


By Alexis Spyropoulos


“That was his loneliest of all thoughts: that his Ego didn’t belong to him.”

A story of the hero’s existential quest, expressed through an extreme opposition between his juvenile/youthful self and his older version during his middle age. The hero reminisces about himself in the past — his parents, his paternal home, his childhood in the countryside, his friends and later on his adulthood, his studies abroad and his first job — and the comparison with the present proves to the latter’s detriment. From a certain age onwards, he actually gives up and resigns from life and simply exists as he doesn’t know what else to do. Shorn of dreams and expectations, with nothing different or new to look forward to, he simply ponders his wrong choices and wrong times and where these led him. Catharsis seems to be a necessary condition for attaining a much-desired peace of mind, yet it requires sincerity and, first and foremost, brave decisions.


Alexis Spyropoulos

My name is Alex Spyropoulos and I was born in Athens in May, 1979. I grew up in Marousi and in 1997 graduated from the 1st High School of Pefki. In 2002, I graduated from the School of Organisation and Business Administration of Piraeus University, while a year later I earned my MSc in International Finance from Brunel University, UK. Then, I did my military service before I worked for the Bank of Cyprus for two years. While working, I attended a three-year course in Lykourgos Stavrakos’ School of Cinema and Television Studies in Athens. I graduated in 2008. After that, I moved to Vancouver, Canada and one year later I earned my degree in Film Production from Vancouver Film School. In 2011, I started working at BNP Paribas in Greece and in 2013 I moved to the same company in Warsaw, Poland. Since 2014, I have lived and worked for the same company in Paris, France. The Mirror is my first novel.

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