Anastasios Aslanis

Anastasios Aslanis in 1995

Expression has many forms, the most powerful being language. The object always desirable is that which depicts, yet enhances life. The fiends of life one struggles against many times stifle this. It becomes a challenge then to bring out the good that is there in all that happens. If one is able to do this in spite of the pressures against it, then the world is better for it. The sun shines as the saying goes. It takes little effort to destroy something but a great deal to build it. I made reference to this in my novel The Desert and the Meadow when I described the court-martial of a war hero falsely accused as deserter during the civil War in Greece.

The struggle to be goes on, be it in the circle of the immediate environment or in the broader expanse which is the world. This is so especially for the writer. Important, therefore, besides words and their place in the sentence, is the being from which they spring. They dimension not only the characters in the story but the writer as well. The author, whether or not in the story, plays the principal role.


At the outset, I must say a few words about the reasons that led me to writing.

The obstacles one encounters in the journey through life, the reverses, the disappointments, they turn in the long run to be road signs pointing to a direction more suited to the task at hand.

I would like to think so. For my aim in life was to lead and discover things that were there but could not be had without action. In a strange twist, the sign on my road before the obstacles pointed to the pen, a direction my editor and friend E. Wintermute summed into one word: Providential.

Perhaps it was. The pen is more powerful than the sword. But to fulfill this, it must have truth. I am always ready to receive comments on how well or not I have done. The writer is one half of the equation. The reader is the other half.

Selected Works

Non Fiction
Justice, and how it was achieved under the most adverse of circumstances.
The author's view of life through his journey told in poems. (Unpublished)
A search for meaning through the Cold War.
Dream and reality in the pursuit of happiness.
Growing up in a man-made jungle.