The Alpha-Bet-Josh

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Catalina Florina Florescu

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Andreea Helen David


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The Alpha-Bet-Josh, a “flash story” by Catalina Florina Florescu, is a 641-word striking piece of prose that leaves no one indifferent. The unexpected turn of the plot follows the principle of communicating vessels, since the very first reply foretells the denouement, but forgetful readers (like myself) focus on family relationships, affective deficiency disorder, and planetary concerns. The title, in itself premonitory, not phonetically far from the Spanish plural “alfabetos” with a wink to Borges’s Aleph, gives us the dimension of this boy’s tragedy, which is in fact the tragedy of all today’s sons and daughters, who cannot solve the problems of the world (hunger, pollution, curiosity not as the basis of scientific search, but as the result of over-informatized societies). A Greta Thunberg complex erodes Josh, just as the Aleph torments all those who catch a glimpse of it ever after.

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