Variety, perfect work with language and erudition: that is what is obvious at first glance when reading a new batch of the author’s texts, as if he prepared an album with different modes of a short story. One without a punchline when the hero is the wind in the city streets, or an Old Testament Apocrypha in which Cain is not the one who is bad. Absurdity, existentialism, experiment, allegory, but with a detailed, rational exploration of the inner and outer worlds which avoids pathos and sentiment; fiction and reality in unity. Petr Pazdera Payne (1960), fiction writer, poet, playwright and visual artist, graduated from the Comenius Protestant Theological Faculty in Prague. From 1989–1992 he worked as a vicar in Kadaň and Chomutov; later, he took many other jobs. He has written twelve books.