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The manuscipt of the dead

In the darkness of the 10th century A.D., Theodorus Philetas, a university professor, is forced to flee from Constantinople to Damascus with his friends, the Arab Bashar ibn Fathi and the young Leon Peleuses, following an unsuccessful conspiracy against the emperor.


A tender story about three sisters coming of age in Greece over the course of three summers, now available after being out of print for over twenty years. Three Summers is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Living in a big old house surrounded by a beautiful garden are Maria, the oldest sister, as sexually bold as she is eager to settle down and have a family of her own; beautiful but distant Infanta; and dreamy and rebellious Katerina, through whose eyes the story is mostly observed. Over three summers, the girls share and keep secrets, fall in and out of love, try to figure out their parents and other members of the tribe of adults, take note of the weird ways of friends and neighbors, worry about and wonder who they are.

Α Greek classic, praised by Albert Camus when first published in French in 1950.

A Greek soldier, taken prisoner during the 1866 Greek revolt against the Turks, rises to a high position in the Turkish army. Years later, Ismail Ferik Pasha is sent to Greece to quell a new revolt by his people and comes face to face with his brother. A tale of divided loyalties.

These powerful and poignant monologues, narrate the rising of fascism in a society that lives a crisis she can’t bear. Different inhabitants of the same area in the center of Athens are the persons who talk. It’s not only without money that these people are left, a lack of education is obvious. But who can tell who will finally lead the angry and desperate people?

“She sat next to him, her new red patent shoes on, leg a-swinging so her grandpa would notice them being so beautiful!Her father had brought them for her on one of his trips. Since that day she had never stopped wearing them. She showed them off to everyone and they would all admiringly exclaim, ‘Oh my, what beautiful shoes!’ She felt so proud with them on.

What place can the recurrent crime have in the reality of a long-lasting war, be it a war of liberation or a civil one, a social war or an individual struggle for survival? What is the point of civilians being sacrificed, when these are merely unsuspecting victims of vengeance?

The novel focuses on the night that Athens was torched: Sunday 12 February 2012.

Two women, a former philologist and a former painter, who happen to be roommates in an inner city “guest house”, secretly join the demonstrations.

Melanippe is an existential thriller, unfolding between magic realism and raw myth. The heroine, confined since the day she was born, hides her double nature inside a bizarre body.

A public employee working at the Bureau of Uncommon Inquiries receives the first request ever deposited at this Department since its making.

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.

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