Gianni Skaragas

Gianni Skaragas is a Greek novelist and screenwriter. His English short fiction and essays have appeared in Crannog, European Business Review, World Literature Today, and other journals. His honours include the Fulbright and Ledig-Rowohlt Fellowships in literature. The ‘Number Reader’ is an excerpt from his play, Prime Numbers (2008).

Stories by Gianni Skaragas

The Number Reader

Illustrated by Grace Gao

His father called him strange. He did not like his son’s Greek name. He was afraid that as king Oedipus had killed his father, the boy would bring disaster on his career. Each time he tried to understand his extraordinary answers, he looked like a benevolent giant. He looked at Oedipus the way a giant would …