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Black Beer

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Black Beer tells the story of Andreas, a vagabond musician who decides to gather enough money to bury Lazaros, another street artist, who was murdered. However, in the course of the novel Lazaros’s death offers Andreas the chance for a personal ‘resurrection’. A crime novel without crime officers, interspersed with small, truelife stories which, though neglected by the press, reveal Athens’ noir aspect.


A country on the threshold of crisis, a city which has lost its identity, and an (anti)hero instrumental in the solution of a crime.

Kastaniotis, 2011, 285 p.


Danellis Vassilis

Vassilis Danelis was born in 1982 in Athens, where he was raised and where he attended University. Since 2009 he has divided his time between Athens and Istanbul, but for many years also travelled, roaming from Ellroy’s Los Angeles, Lawrence Block’s new York and Taibo’s Mexico City to Izzo’s Marseille, Montalban’s Barcelona and numerous other cities with a noir element. He has always believed that Athens is equally, if not more, dark and mysterious. “Black Beer” is his first attempt to explain why he feels so.

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