CAIN: They told us that the Law exists. They never explained why we must obey it, or what it stands for; they only said that the Law must be upheld. So we bow our heads before the Law. We dutifully obey its decrees. We abide by the Law so we can sleep easily. Still, in our dreams we escape as live as free men in lawlessness.
MEPHISTOPHELES: Run, John, hide! Just like in the cavern, when you writhed in agony and terror, carving your verses on the bare rocks with your nails; when you praised the angel of Gnosis with your sobs; when you wanted to offer me your soul.
Andreas Polycarpou was born in Nicosia in 1984. From 2004 until presently, he divides his time between Cyprus and Greece. He is a graduate of the Department of Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University. In 2011, he completed his postgraduate studies in International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus. He is a PhD candidate of the Department of Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University since 2013. In 2008 and 2010, he received the European Commission award for best young Cypriot journalist in a Pan-European competition and represented his country in Slovenia and Constantinople, respectively. In 2014, one of his short stories won second prize in a nation-wide Greek writing competition. Andreas Polycarpou has been involved in print journalism ever since his days as a school student. Over the last few years, he has worked as a professional writer in many printed and digital news media outlets of Cyprus. His first poetry collection, titled “The first rains of my souls”, was published in 2006 by Power Publishing. In 2010, “Transparent boats”, his second collection of poems, was published by EN TYPOIS editions. In 2013, his book of poems titled “Faceless fayum portraits” was published by Aparsis Publications (second edition: Vakxikon.gr Publications, 2016). Several of his poetic works have been translated in English, while several others have been published in Greek literature magazines, in both printed and digital format. In 2014, was published his first theatrical play “The Descent According to John” by Vakxikon.gr Publications.