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New Day

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One night in December, in a dark corner of the harbor, three men burn a homeless man alive. The man’s name was Sebastian and he had a reputation as a formidable storyteller. Paul, the youngest of the three perpetrators, devastated by the brutality of the crime, begins to look for information on the victim, hoping to assuage his feelings of guilt. In his confusion, he believes that by bringing to light the dead man’s story, he will bring the actual man back to life. Asking around at homeless haunts, he discovers Sebastian’s friends: Ex, Marconi, Lucky and Yannis. He asks them to tell him their story and the story of their dead friend, and without realizing it he becomes trapped in a strange world. While at first the stories seem to be made up of facts, gradually the narratives become more complex.

What are their reasons and motives for giving different and often conflicting testimonies? Where does the myth stop and where does the truth begin? Who was Sebastian in the end?

A descent into the hell of society’s margins; a journey through narrative heaven; a labyrinth which may be hiding the meaning of life.

“My new book, entitled New Day, chronicles the adventures of a group of homeless men living in a Mediterranean port. It is a story about life and death, about crime and punishment, about solidarity and companionship, but also an allegory for the physics and metaphysics of narration.”

Rights sold to Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia and Serbia.

KASTANIOTIS, 2018,682 P.

Chrysos Nikos

Nikos Chryssos was born in 1972 in Athens. His has written the novels The Secret of the Last Page (Kastaniotis Publishers, 2009) and New Day (Kastaniotis Publishers, 2018). In 2014 he edited the annotated re-release of Lefteris Alexiou’s Unforgettable Times and the collective volume Book Stories, and in 2019 he edited, together with Ioanna Spiliopoulou, the collective volume Nikos Kazantzakis and Politics – all three books were published by Kastaniotis Publishers. His short stories have been included in collective volumes. Since September 2018 he has been the second vice-president of the Greek Section of the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis (ISFNK). In 2019 his novel New Day won the EUPL.