We are all, from first to last, bound to each other by a slender thread of breath passing through language and lung.In this inspired collection of stories - modern parables - the anonymous protagonist exists in a world that is at once private and public, familiar and alien, real and illusory. Sudden, heart-stopping events intrude with bizarre consequences. Plunging into a sea of numbers in search of the ultimate prime, a man struggles for his very existence; estranged from life while contemplating his masterpiece, an artist yearns to slip inside his work; a chanter of hymns retreats into the desert to purify his voice, only to discover a dangerous silence.Spanning centuries and continents, these stories are driven by a relentless, often obsessive quest for meaning and identity. And the reader, pulled by the force of Petsinis's intensely powerful prose, is compelled to confront these same questions . . .