iris literary agency

It is March 2011 and the financial crisis has stretched across the earth. It controls everything and imposes its own rules. But on West 23rd Street, in Manhattan, New York, in one of the most charming hotels in the world, at the Hotel Chelsea, as if in some other place, some other time, someone is trying to keep a promise that he made ten years before: a promise of eternal love.

Isidoros Georgiou is young and well educated. Presentable and boundlessly ambitious. With powerful connections and indifferent to the political situation. He is working as a teacher of people with hearing problems and, around 1970, he is selected as a news presenter in sign language at the newly formed national television. Every night, a little after eight, the entire nation is attentively watching on their tv screens, this intriguing man who claims that he speaks through gestures.

The world belongs primarily to the sphere of the possible. Though passé, it extends beyond every human certainty. C.A. Rontas often ponders the meaning of this illogical magnitude. Void of love, weighed down by excessively commonplace convictions and non-negotiable motives, he is forced to constantly recall his own dimensions in order to assign at least some significance to his existence...

A twenty-year-old Athenian girl commits suicide. Her childhood friend, who had been in love with her, reflects on her life in an attempt to understand the reasons for such a desperate act. After some contemplation about the life of a teen in modern-day Athens, he identifies with her and realizes that he too would resort to such an act, if only he had the courage.

Α true story 

Petros Tatsopoulos, in this new novel, tells the story of an adoption that he knows very well. He tells us the story of his own adoption. He takes us with him for a walk in a life where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted; and through this lack of stability we discover a way to lead our lives by being open to change and learning how to rely on the bigger picture, the anonymity of our true benefactors, the kindness of strangers. He writes with a combination of style and emotional power that few writers have achieved and he creates a story that is hilarious and moving at the same time.

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