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The dinner

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A dinner between friends in a wonderful summer night in Athens. Everything seems nice and everyone looks happy till we see the details that make the difference.

Fear of losing job destroys old friendships, body needs don’t care about long date trust. A series of facts during that night will change the lives of most of these people.


Lila Konomara uses three different narratives, and through the diary of an archeologist, the internal monologue of a musician and the first person narration of an Asian maid she describes a world that crumbles and collapses.

A novel about random and responsibility, about middle-age fear of getting older, about loss in a changing world.  

German extracts available

Kedros, 258 p.

Konomara Lila

Lila Konomara was born in Athens in 1960. She studied contemporary literature in Paris and worked for several years as a professor at the French Institute in Athens. She now works as a translator. For her book Macao she received the Diavazo prize for best first-time author in 2003. And The Dinner was in the short-list of Diavazo prize. In 2017 she was invited in the Villa Concordia project where she finished Let this world remain.

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