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“Mill-bieb ’il ġewwa” is Maltese for “whatever happens at home, behind closed doors”. Literally it means “from the front door inwards”, while metaphorically it refers to the idea that what happens at home stays at home, that at home, inside, we have secrets we do not share with the world outside.mill-bieb ’il ġewwa, as the title of this collection of short stories, could easily be translated intotake a look inside (me), since these stories slightly open the front door and invite outsiders to take a glimpse at several characters’ inner and secret realities. Here we will encounter individuals who are busy brushing their teeth, taking a shower, drinking a cup of coffee or combing their hair while their mind is elsewhere. Elsewhere is at times a memory, at others it’s a leap forward in time, or a comforting mental visit to some other place. Elsewhere is neither here nor now.The char