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Agrigento  |   Hatziantoniou Kostas
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THE EUROPEAN PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2011
What happens when a series of people, for whom ordinary life is not enough, meet and join their lives together in modern-day Agrigento? A town in southern Sicily which not only has a very ancient history, but also a particular bearing on everything that constitutes modern-day Sicilian culture?
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Haircuts  |   Kavanozis Kostas
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 DIAVAZO LITERARY AWARD
The three stories comprising the book Haircuts were written in the order they appear. The sequence is anything but random: although standalone, a careful look will reveal the stories’ hidden evolutionary logic, shared consistency, and underlying dramatic tension, which climaxes in the very last chapter. The three main characters – amputated, self-destructing souls left to wilt, relive and reproduce their pain – are gradually unveiled as the repulsive creatures that they are...
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A Girl Called Fini  |   Mamaloukas Dimitris
In some indefinite time, sometime in the future, or perhaps the distant past, or even in the present, or perhaps never … and in an indeterminate place, a no-man’s land, a “wasteland”, lies a factory-prison surrounded by a terrible, gray landscape, a vast desert haunted at night by “demons”.
Thousands of souls are imprisoned here, condemned to forced labor without hope of escape. One of these souls is Fini, a young girl who has been there since she was nine, when she lost her father. She works at the “lathes” and has only one dream: to escape from this nightmarish place and be free. In the meantime, she struggles tooth and nail to survive the hardships: the cold, “so cold that it crushes the soul and weakens the conscience” and the gangs of rapists and murderers who, overwhelmed by the impasse at which they find themselves, have degenerated into subhuman beasts.
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Three's a trap  |   Papachristou Konstantinos, Grigoriadis Savvas, Pliotas Yannis
Truth is in the eye of the beholder...
A subversive detective novel imbued with noir atmosphere that keeps the readers on the edge of their seats till the very last page.
The idea behind the book was born during a long road trip. Three writers, sporting three distinct temperaments, decide to work on a single noir tale. Each with his own, unique voice, they will fabricate three different narrators, who relate the same story from their own personal persepctive. Ultimately, only the reader knows whodunnit: none of the narrators is ever aware of the others’ story. And even though it initially looks like there is, in fact, a single schemer plotting everything, both he and the actual murderer are killed off, leaving only the reader to know the truth and the three writers more in the know than any of their narrators. What we are dealing with are three tenacious, destructive personalities: a failed detective-turned-gambler, a neurotic actress consigned to oblivion, and an intatiable, sex addict of a shipowner. Three people, entangled in each other’s lives, in a maze of shifting alliances, in a constant race to trap each other, as the perpetrators become victims and the victims perpetrators.
In essence, the novel is populated by three anti-heroes, three psychologically castrated hedonists, who break every moral rule, surrender to wretchedness, and remain indifferent to their souls’ erosion even at the moment of their final reckoning. After all, isn’t everything negotiable? Isn’t life unpredictable?
What the three writers have in common is the stark realism with which they recount their protagonists’ thoughts. Other than that, each character speaks in his own rythm, poignantly highlighted by a choice of three different textual fonts, reflecting each narrator’s style and image.
It’s an original literary creation that fascinates and beguiles the reader.
The Last Paleologos  |   Leonardos George
Greek State Prize for the Best Novel of the year 2008

In this last part of his Palaeologos trilogy, the prize-winning novelist George Leonardos writes about the last Emperor of Byzantium, Constantine XI Palaeologos, and the fall of Constantinople. Using Venetian, Greek and Turkish sources, Leonardos has created a vivid and exciting account of the last days of the Eastern Roman Empire, the new Rome.
The last page  |   Kapllani Gazmend
Spring 1943.
The city of Thessaloniki is under Nazi Occupation. The three members of a Greek Jewish family will change their names and identities in order to escape prosecution by fleeing to neighboring Albania. They will never be able to leave the country again: immediately after WWII, the Albanian rebels who seize power will seal the borders of the country for the next forty five years. In order to survive, the three Greek Jews will have to bury their past, re-change their names and redefine their identities.
The family’s only son, Albert, will grow up to become Ali, the paradigm of the “good Albanian”, in a communist country where he will meet and marry the lovely Bora and work as the head of the Forbidden Books Section in the Tirana National Library.
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It only lasts a moment  |   Livos Stefanos
SHORTLISTED FOR THE E-AWARD LITERATURE PRIZE 2012
No matter how long this narration may take, in reality, it only lasts a moment...
“No secret can remain hidden forever. Silently and patiently, it awaits in the dark. It allows you to build your life, carefully stacking the cards one by one, and then it appears. It deals its blow and everything crumbles. That’s why it remains intact and incorruptible in time, waiting for its ultimate destiny to be revealed. Just like my family secret”...
This is how Vassilis begins to reminisce about his life. He knows he has only a moment, and within it, he will try to remember as many memories as he can.
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Carousel  |   Sotiriou Sophia
The only thing I asked of life was peace. Besides, I wasn’t in the position to ask for more. From very early on I was very tired, exhausted. Just a bit of peace! Nothing more! Let me lose myself inside a starry place, by the sea, on mountaintops, let me forget… forget who I am and where I came from …and go about from place to place without a specific purpose, without a destination. As simple as that…”
Elly’s trunk is open
A struck match lights a fire.
The notes, the doll which burns slowly, her childhood photographs and the carousel...
Ashes to ashes.
Fire at the antique shop. Fire everywhere.
It’s raining at the town square. The night is pitch black.
The girl faints in front of the kiosk. Elly approaches her and hugs her and holds her tight. She’s afraid she might forget.

Elly is a woman of about 30 years of age, whose artistic nature leads her to abandon her studies at Thessalonica University for a career in photography, in an attempt to detach herself from her past. Athens offers her a new beginning. The people she choses to have close to her, Olga and Nicholas, pass their “tests” successfully, allowing her to open herself up to them and to trust them. To earn their keep, she and Olga open a cafe, since artistic photography doesn’t pay, and Nicholas becomes her new life’s “better half”. In her free time, Elly devotes herself to the care of young abused children. There, at “Children’s House” she also meets Fenia, whom she takes under her wing.

In a town in northern Greece, a pretty girl of 14 years is going through a happy adolescence, close to her mother and her stepfather, Jacob. Her parents divorced when she was six years old.
Jacob is an antiques dealer; he has a large shop in the centre of town, in an old neoclassical building. The best “pieces” he keeps in the basement, to where he descends through a secret trap-door that is kept covered by a heavy Persian rug.
Their lives progress quietly and without turmoil, until Jacob starts to make remarks about the way the girl dresses, how she is now “a young woman”, and that torn jeans and other “fashion statements” are now “inappropriate”…
Her mother doesn’t pay much attention to all this…
The days go by until the teenager’s life is unexpectedly overturned in the prime of her bloom, by an event linked to the most heinous and beastly instincts of human behaviour. The good and caring Jacob, her second father, abuses her sexually, kidnaps and moves her while unconscious into the antique shop’s basement, whose existence is known only to him.
She hasn’t a clue as to how long she remains locked up. Her stepfather goes up and down the stairs to bring her food, threatening to kill her family, and performing his dirty acts.
“You’ve finally changed. No more crying, right? Because you’re happy, aren’t you?”, he tells her as she looks at him both in desperation and affirmation. The monster continues his delirium: “…you’re my treasure… the most valuable treasure in my collection!”. And the teenager waits, patiently and stoically, for the right moment…
An autumn shower suddenly breaks out one evening and the lightning lights up the windows of the antique shop with its glyphic black railings, giving off from the outside a view of an impregnable castle. She approaches the man stealthily like a cat, and the moment he lights the lamp, the first blow lands powerfully, decisively. “Now, again! Again!”.

At the grand opening of Elly’s photographic exhibition at the cafe, a mysterious man tries to reach her. Something about him gives rise to Elly’s “freezing up”. Emotional instability and psychological disturbances return, this time more intensely, and the girl seeks help from the psychiatrist who has treated her in the past.
These happenings ultimately give way to threatening telephone calls and letters that reach their peak with the injury of her boyfriend, Nicholas, in an auto accident. All of that, in combination with the terrible persistence of the alleged decorator to remain involved in her life -a man who approaches the young Fenia with insinuations, a man with the mark on his hand, a man who calls her “Elisabeth”, (like “him”)– put Elly in the painful position of discovering the source of her new threat. She begins watching him and he methodically leads her into the trap he has set, leading her unawares to his apartment. What she suspected and feared is true: the anthropomorphic beast she had destroyed in her previous life is alive!
Nicholas is watching television at home when his attention is interrupted by a bulletin about the “murder of a 55-year old man, details unclear as yet. Passports found in the house of the victim were fake, while on his face and body traces of multiple plastic surgeries have been discovered. Police are investigating the case…”.
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Internet Addiction  |   Sfakianakis Emmanuel, Siomos Konstantinos, Floros Georgios
Phishing, hacking, paedophilia, cybercrime, computer “zombies”, bullying, anorexia, etc., are modern web concepts that trouble us, since a world without Internet and electronic computers is now inconceivable.
Children feel like strangers in their own home. “When you let your child roam the Internet freely, it’s like letting him roam free around public squares with a bad reputation. Pimps, drug traffickers, paedophiles, and all kinds of scum are found in various chat rooms, and that is where they find their innocent victims, their targets.”
Users of web pages on Facebook and HiFive, need to be very careful. Today, the pursuit of cybercrime averts 3 to 4 attempted suicides daily, when just a few years ago only 2 to 3 attempts took place every month.
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Schizofrenia and Murder  |   Tsalikoglou Fotini
I killed him to get rid of the evil. To save myself and my mother. Anthony

I found courage. Now everyone pays attention to me. Andreas

I didn’t want to die… that’s why I killed him. Joseph

But it was entirely her fault for giving birth to me, allowing me to be tyrannized. Aristidis

I was committed to her… I didn’t exist… I was her instrument… When I played the guitar, my hands were her hands. Nikos

They lock up the psychopath and pass electricity through his head and they kill him because they’re afraid that he’ll commit a crime. Vasilis

How shall we regard the murder of a mother or a father when it is committed by a person suffering from schizophrenia?

A psychological study that attempts to explore the meaning of what at first glance is an irrational and incomprehensible crime and the tendency of opposites to merge: the regression to bliss in an undifferentiated existence; the need for a breakdown; the logical fusing with the illogical; the wish to live with a death wish. Murder expresses truths that are buried deep within all of us and are here revealed in a sensational way.

This book is the product of research in the field of Forensic Psychology. It makes reference to the psychodynamic study of a group of people with schizophrenia, most of whom killed their mother or father. Just how absurd is this type of murder? Is it indeed, as often claimed, an act without reason, the product of a psychopathological drive, inaccessible to rational explanation?
Starting from the basic assumption that the act is consistent with a hidden logic of its own, this research attempts to penetrate the inner sanctum of perceived incomprehensible behavior, in order to decipher its meaning.
The interweaving of madness with destruction, functioning like a magnifying mirror, reveals valuable aspects of their truthfulness to the human psyche.
The Little Drummer Boy  |   Petri Despoina
One winter day, in bitter cold weather, a little boy was sitting cramped in a corner, trying to keep warm. People were rushing hither and thither all about him, not paying him any attention, walking hurriedly by. Nobody was looking at the pale, little boy who was blowing warm air into his cold hands to try to keep warm.
The boy was holding in his hands a small drum. He liked music a lot because it warmed his heart….
Mythological Monsters' family affairs  |   Sakka-Nikolakopoulou Nanina
PHORCYS – KITO
ECHIDNA – ESPERIDES – LADON – GORGONS – GRAIAE –
SIRENS – SCYLLA – THOOSA
All the peoples of the earth have their own Mythology. A person in prehistoric times was generally helpless against natural phenomena.
Those who settled around him were hostile. Not being able to explain these events (thunder, lightning, lightning bolts, and earthquakes), man deified them. So man invented all-powerful gods, and other various beings: creations out of his imagination awesome in appearance, destructive in power.

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