iris literary agency

With his discerning eye for the details that comprise the larger picture, Aranitsis' novel chronicles the Kintis family, that spans three decades.

Kintis' daughter, Amalia, is a sensitive soul determined to devote her life to music, but ends up marrying Maragakis, the son of her father's attorney and political associate. They have two children together, Danae and Constantine.

At first sight this looks like a story about jealousy. However, the tale which emerges of unrequited love serves as an excuse for engaging with the pathological processes of the old world, of ownership, oedipal obsession and the urban elite. These are explored through a focus on their strangeness and on a kind of dark lyricism which they possess, and which accompanies the hero in an interminable, delirious interpretation of omens. The work is constructed out of sign language, hallucinations, and baffling suspensions and reversals of realistic behaviour, until the final disintegration.

Somebody leaves his home in the middle of the night, ready for the big adventure. We don’t know where he’s going, but apparently neither does he. He will meet some strange people –or is he the strange one ?- and a speaking duck and they will continue together their trip to nowhere. But the police will stop them and they will be conducted to prison where they cannot stay as one of the words they use, “Democracy” doesn’t exist in the Dictionary.

A patient servant, dedicated to his absurd duties, narrates the life of his master, baron of Solanum, a fallen aristocrat who lives in the tower of his forefathers; a life full of follies, trying desperately to recover his long lost inspiration to write.

“Disparagement” is a purely postmodern contemporary novel, an achievement in terms of language, apparently uncommercial, but ultimately able to generate an ever expanding fan base. It is a work with multiple references and allusions, where literary language effortlessly meets with a flowing vernacular and an auctorial slang. The chapters in whole are, in a musical way, split into six parts, three narrated in the first person and three in the third, alternately, so as to dismantle any authority the narrator might lay claim to, and drag the narrator/hero's name through the mire; ultimately, however, this dragging through the mire turns into an encomium.

A dinner between friends in a wonderful summer night in Athens. Everything seems nice and everyone looks happy till we see the details that make the difference.

Fear of losing job destroys old friendships, body needs don’t care about long date trust. A series of facts during that night will change the lives of most of these people.

A woman tries to understand herself and face her awkward situation. For this, she decides to follow Alice at the other side of the mirror. But her wonderland doesn’t last. Between psychoanalysis and tale telling, a woman of 39 tries to survive without loosing her mind after she loses a baby when she is three months pregnant.

Elena Maroutsou has wittingly combined reality and dreams to create a light atmosphere -based on humorous and sometimes surrealistic situations- that becomes oppressive before the blooming end.

Kedros, 200 p.


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...

Is it possible that six old women can create a gang? For what reason could this be? Who exactly are the members of that gang?

Morfo misses her daughter who lives in Germany,  Fofo is 90 years old but she decides to learn English, Eleni wears only trousers and was never married, Panagiota is really bored with her husband, Mari lost in one night her family and her social position, Maritsa has lost not only her big love Mari but her mind as well and Tila will soon be inmate of an abominable nursing home.

Forced into an arranged marriage to a man with a sick passion for her, Eleni a beautiful, free spirited young woman, will be trapped in a web of degradation, pain, tears and intrigue. In her darkest hour a man will come to wake her up, and lead her to a world of love and tenderness. Then, catastrophe will come. Her lover will disappear her husband will be shot and Eleni, unable to prove her innocence, will be taken to prison. It is there she will give birth to a son who her in laws will swiftly snatch away from her. 

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