In the Middle – Armenia: Unreal Reality (Part 3)

First Lessons

All the time that Julie lived in the real world, Nare was whispering in her ear. She taught her to do what she really wanted.

Julie wanted simple things. She liked to put her feet into the water and stand for long hours under a shower. When Julie would put her feet into the water, she could feel the presence of Nare. When she stood under the shower, the noise of the water reminded her of the waterfall in the unreal world where they lived with Nare. She also loved music. She would put on earphones and walk in the nearby park. These were elements of Nare. And Julie knew that Nare was reviving her only through these moments. She knew that her soul was flourishing in her when she did what she really enjoyed.

The second lesson that Nare taught Julie was persistence to do things that she was lazy about. Sometimes she would be so lazy she didn’t make her bed. Nare taught her persistence. Julie knew that Nare was not like her. She had will power, and she could overcome the moments of boredom and laziness. Julie cried. She had been taught to be passive. She had been taught not to go after her dreams. She had a sense of responsibility to Nare. Only by being Julie could Nare pursue revival. And Julie cried. She was lazy and without will power. For a very long time, she lived in idleness and boredom and forgot about Nare. But there were days when she would remember that she had a sense of duty to Nare and when she was lazy about doing something, she stood up and made enormous efforts. These were simple things like washing the dishes or going for a walk or doing painting or writing a poem. Two people were fighting in Julie – the one who wanted to do nothing and suffer and the one who wanted to revive. When Julie made an effort and did simple things that she was too lazy to do, something clicked in her heart. She understood that she was in the right. After she made an effort and did simple tasks, she would feel a source of energy inside herself and a sense of joy. So, that’s it! I discovered the trick! Julie was happy, but the laziness was extreme.

DO WHAT YOU ARE LAZY ABOUT! – That’s was Nare’s lesson. Julie was not a diligent student, but Nare was a persistent teacher. Julie knew that Nare would give her a chance even when she was 80. Julie knew that Nare would not give up.

DO WHAT YOU ARE LAZY ABOUT! – Julie was confused. Her whole body wanted idleness, and her soul wanted life, energy.

Nare did not want to take Julie to the unreal world. She wanted to build the same magic in the real world. Julie knew that, but a lot depended on her.

(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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