In the Middle – Armenia: Unreal Reality (Part 2)

Travel with Nare

Nare opened up a world of unlimited possibilities to her. Everything was possible with her. She was the light in the darkness. They created a house in a valley where you could sit on the porch and listen to the songs of the birds. They had a shower under the waterfall in the nearby mountains. They ate fruit and only fruit. Apples, peaches, pears, plums were their nourishment. They enjoyed each other’s company and were grateful to live in a world without limitations.

When they were bored, they would travel to another community where people lived in families. These communities were the happiest groups on earth. They sang when they made food; they sat at long tables and ate together and shared bread with each other.

These were their neighbors.

If they wanted, they could invite actors to show them tricks, and they laughed and ran after rabbits and deer. This was their entertainment.

Sometimes they would decide to put on their backpacks and go to the mountains. Sometimes they traveled to crazily overcrowded places and laughed long hours at the cafes and bars downtown in the most famous cities. Then they would walk and get tired and go back to their room and lay down for a long, healthy sleep.

After every trip, they would come back to the house in their valley and enjoy the true beauty of nature. They were happy, and they did not regret a single moment that they spent together. They could chat, they could be silent for many, many hours, and there were so many words in this silence. It was life – in the full sense of the word, and there was a magical charm in it.

Nare and Julie were one body and soul. They could hear the song of the air, and they could fly to the cosmos if they wanted. But their enjoyment had one limitation.

It was not real…

Reality was the opposite of the world of Nare and Julie. Reality was boredom, sadness, disloyalty, fakeness, and cheating.

From time to time, Julie would leave Nare and return to the real world. She was bored and unhappy in this world, but these moments happened. Most of the time she was in the real world. The world offered nothing to her but wanted her attention and care and love. The world gave nothing to her but wanted every single element of her. And she was exhausted in this world.

She traveled back and forth. Sometimes she would sit in a park with Nare and listen to the birds singing. These were precious moments when Nare would be with her in the real world.

Julie did not know where to settle – in the world of Nare or in the real world. She felt self-realization only with Nare, but these were only fantasies. After some days and weeks of traveling with Nare, she would come back and see the same faces that were full of hatred and humiliation. She would come back to the real world.

Nare was not only a friend. She was a teacher. She wanted Julie to have the same charm in the real world. But there were so many forces that did not allow the magic to happen. Nare wanted to revive Julie. She wanted Julie to become Nare and settle on this planet and enjoy the charm that they experienced when they were together. Nare wanted to rejuvenate Julie, and there was a fight inside Julie. Julie saw the world full of hatred and could not understand how that god-like being could live in the real world. She could not understand how she could help Nare to become a member of this planet. And she was sad. She was sad because she disappointed her friend. Because Nare wanted a world where there were no limitations, a world of absolute freedom and respect inside Julie. Only then Nare could settle in Julie. Only then could they become one.

(To be continued…)

In the Middle – An International Transposition (Fiction)

Introduction to In the Middle – An International Transposition, edited by Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey

January: Forgetting – Turkey, by Seyit Ali Dastan

February: The Unreal in Real – Armenia, by Armine Asyran

March: Catching Water – Argentina, by Javier Gómez

April: Unwanted – South Africa, by Sarah Leah Pimentel

May: House with a Stucco Ship – Ukraine, by Gennady Bondarenko

June: A Girl Pedaling up the Road of Life – Cuba, by Marilin Guerrero Casas

July: The Last Day – Poland, by Pawel Awdejuk

August: Through my Hands – Venezuela, by Veronica Cordido

September: Amelia’s Euphemism – Spain, by Jonay Quintero Hernández

October: Until Love Do Us Part – Uruguay, by Alejandra Baccino

November: A Journey to the Edge – Lebanon, by Rayan Harake

December: I Used to Smoke – Russia, by Kate Korneeva

Background – Context

Peripatetic Alterity: A Philosophical Treatise on the Spectrum of Being – Romantics and Pragmatists by Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2019)

La Syncrétion of Polarization and Extremes Transposée, (eds.) Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2019)

The Codex of Uncertainty Transposed, (eds.) Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2018)

L’anthologie of Global Instability Transpuesta, (eds.) Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2017)

From Wahnsinnig to the Loony Bin: German and Russian Stories Transposed to Modern-day America, (eds.) Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2013)

More work by Nane Sevunts (Armine Asyran)

From Uncertainty to Newness – transposing emblem by Nane Sevunts

An Era to Close – short story by Nane Sevunts

Emblems and stories on Armenia

Perception by country – Transposing emblems, articles, short stories and reports from Armenia and other countries

Credits

Cover photo of Yerevan, Armenia by Levon Vardanyan (Unsplash)

Source: The Codex of Uncertainty Transposed

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