Masks of Demons
Masks of Demons is a book authored by Yiannis Laouris. It is an interweaving of Cypriot history with the Laouris personal story and polymath knowledge of conflict resolution and technology. It takes inspiration from tragic historical events that have happened in Cyprus over the past half-century.
About the Book
This book is less a reporting of historical facts than it is an interweaving of Cypriot history with the author’s own personal story and polymath knowledge of conflict resolution and technology. It takes inspiration from tragic historical events that have happened in Cyprus over the past half-century.
It is the story of the organic way in which connections, or coincidences, if you will, seem to conspire to bring the author toward a climax, which is to spread his message of peace among and between so-called “'lifelong”' enemies. Inherent in the writings is the unshaken hope and commitment to peace, especially when expressed by those who have experienced loss and pain at the hands of their enemies.
Can 30 peace builders from opposite sides of the Green Line effect change for an entire country divided by war and fear? This poignant and searching tale spans the origins and history of a tiny island gem found at the cultural crossroads of the world, and tells of how the author, one of those 30, strives to demolish the walls of ignorance and open doors to peace and freedom.
In the summer of 1974, everything changes for this native of Cyprus. Separated from his parents and family, who were forced to flee their homes and leave everything behind, Yiannis makes his way to his uncle’s farm. With his unique perspective, Yiannis recalls the days of fear and confusion that follow with humor, sensitivity, and a clarity that puts the reader in the shadowy arbor of the farm, where men and boys huddle around an old radio for news. From the mythic stories of the creation of Mount Pentadactylos, to his adoption of technology, philosophy and science in the quest for peace and unity, Masks of Demons is the story of a man who hopes to scale the walls standing between him and self-actualization just as he fights to blast the barriers that divide his beloved island.