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A well-known Athenian essayist starts publishing horror stories under the pen name ‘Magellan’ in order to earn some more money. The fear of discovery prompts him to move to Paris. Three years later, on the ground floor of his apartment block, he discovers a plaque with the name ‘Magellan’ written in Greek script. Who could have put it there? Why? Suddenly the characters get into strange situations and the hero is drawn into dangerous adventures, which get totally out of hand. Magellan hovers over the pages like a historical figure, as a fantasy, as an ally, as an enemy. But nothing remotely hints at the unpredictable turn things will take.

Kostas departs Athens to go to New York City to meet with Peter Pappas. However, Pappas is not in New York, he is in Halifax, Canada. Kostas decides to go there. On the way, he meets an American journalist and his mysterious girlfriend, a black bartender on a boat, a frightened receptionist, a 17-year-old future champion, a gay guy with a gold shirt and a crippled lover, a tired policeman, and a cemetery groundskeeper.

Was it a murder disguised as a suicide or a suicide disguised as a murder? This question hurls the characters in this story into strange situations that change their thinking and attitudes towards life.

Tender Death demystifies the complex ideological profile of our times. It also pursues issues central to contemporary writing: the process of constructing a text, the production of fiction, essentially, the mechanism of writing itself, is one of the core subject matters of this narrative.


A terrorist opens a flower shop opposite the building her group wants to blow up. The prospective victims, some simple and others complex, some normal and others affected, typify middle class society.

The novel absorbs the reader with its masterful narration, unusual plot, and interesting characters. It induces the reader to contemplate the variety of ways the mystery can possibly be solved.

On the day that poet Laura Jackson died, in 1991, the LondonTimes published the following obituary: “Laura Jackson was a tragic figure and one of this century’s most gifted women. There is no question that literary criticism and history will have to wrestle with her singular achievement.” Laura Jackson’s biography was a series of ruptures which brutally cut up her life like a succession of knife stabs. She left New York to live in Europe; she entered an illicit, long-term affair with poet Robert Graves; their relationship ended abruptly with a double suicide attempt, one day in London, in 1929.

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