In Virgil's Aeneid, the hero Aeneas goes into the Underworld, as heroes are wont to do. Learning what he needs to learn, he and the Sibyl, his guide, come to two gates that would take them out of the Underworld.
There are two gates of sleep. The one, they say,
In honour of the hero's return through the gate of "false dreams", I submit in this collection of short stories tales of trickery and wonder: where the human will to thrive in a cruel world is tested against the mettle of six-foot pigeons; where our image-driven society crashes against a hermit's shores; where a guy down on his luck is shown just how small he is in the grand scheme of things.
These stories cast light on the search for a fulfilling life, but the light bounces off polished ivory.
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