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Danellis Vassilis

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.

Kastaniotis, 2014, 158 p.

Pandelis is married to Georgia; he has a penthouse and a car, for which he's still paying mortgage to the bank, and owns a little shop in downtown Athens. In other words, he is a common man ― with simple dreams and small ambitions. All of a sudden, he sees everything he had built crumble down, gradually vanishing, and cannot comprehend how it is that a collective tragedy can destroy someone who always had the good sense to remain detached.

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.