Judas by Amos Oz (Kastaniotis) – translated into Greek
The character of Judas, who betrayed Jesus, has been studied and examined thoroughly for more than 2000 years. In this book, Israeli novelist Amos Oz, a perennial candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, poses the question: Are all traitors always bad? To answer this, Oz redefines the notion of a traitor and challenges readers to look at a general historical fact from a different angle while combining it with a tender coming-of-age narrative. Oz ends with the conclusion that sometimes, and only sometimes, a traitor is the most loyal and devout person to the ideals of his people. It’s a definite must-read.
The Cartel by Don Winslow (Kastaniotis) – translated into Greek
Bestselling author Don Winslow returns with The Power of the Dog’s sequel, The Cartel, a gut-punching, epic saga covering the drug war between the US and Mexico. DEA agent Art Keller has made a vow to put Adán Barrera, El Federacion’s drug lord, behind bars. But the task cost him a lot. After the loss of the love of his life, and everything important to him, he finds the remains of his world shattered when he finds out Barrera managed to escape. A new life mission arises for Keller.
The Dark Side Of The Sun by Chrysiida Dimoulidou (Psichogios) – in Greek
Serres-born Chrysiida Dimoulidou comes back with a promising novel. The Dark Side Of The Sun tells the story of Magda Avgeri, whose fate was set long before she was born. A forgotten trunk reveals old family secrets, pushing her to abandon her studies to start a new career – she wants to become a painter. No one in her entourage knows or can explain this sudden change. And despite her confident attitude and success, Magda is, in fact, mortified, until the day she meets a man that will make all her fears melt away. And when she starts letting her guard down, the dark side of the sun arises.
Purity by Jonathan Franzen (Psychogios) – translated into Greek
Novelist Jonathan Franzen gained widespread recognition with The Corrections, a book which coincided with the end of his marriage and the loss of his father. Truly intimate and authentic, it was widely accepted and recognized as a masterpiece. Flash forward to Purity, Jonathan Franzen’s latest work. Though it has received mixed reviews, it is still worth reading. Purity may lack the emotional feeling and drollery, but it somehow reveals the author’s talent for storytelling. It tells the interconnected stories of various characters of different ages and backgrounds, using his signature trick of moving back and forth within a shared timeline. Centered on Purity ‘Pip’ Tyler’s quest to find his biological father, the novel takes us on a journey, crossing over decades and continents.
Cartes Postales From Greece by Victoria Hislop (Dioptra) – in English
Victoria Hislop‘s love affair with Greece continues, and she renders a beautiful homage to the country, its culture and folklore, and its people in Cartes Postales From Greece. The story centers on Ellie, who has been receiving weekly postcards from Greece addressed to the supposedly former occupant of her apartment and signed by a mysterious A. Nonetheless, she starts collecting them, making a montage. When the postcards suddenly stop, she is incredibly sad and quickly decides to organize a trip to Greece. On the day of her departure, running out of time, she receives a notebook in the mail that she throws into her luggage before heading to the airport. Once settled in her hotel, she discovers that the notebook is from the same sender, taking her into a magical odyssey.
The Silence Of Guilt by Nicole-Anna Maniati (Psichogios) – in Greek
A dilemma rises to threaten Dr. Anna Papadakis’ life, forcing her to break the sacred Hippocratic Oath, causing many sacrifices. She recalls her tough childhood, a particularly horrible episode in her life when at the age of five, her parents leave her with a distant aunt in a mountain village in Paphos. Will she succumb to that feeling of love deprivation or will she choose love? Torn between euthanasia and murder, she will have to confront her life’s decisions. A story that challenges and raises complex questions.
Tote pou tragoudousan i thei (When the gods used to sing) by Anna Galanou (Dioptra) – in Greek
In her fourth book, Anna Galanou tells the story of the rebirth of a woman in the fire of absolute love. Tote Pou Tragoudousan I Thei is the tale of two little gods, Lena and Philippos, each bearing small differences. Different classes. Different backgrounds. But love will unite them. Lena has always lived a privileged life, while Philippos has experienced the worst from his entourage. They fall in love, but their relationship doesn’t stand a chance. In an attempt to forget him while holding onto the good memories, Lena escapes from her home island and finds out a shocking truth that will end up setting her free – free to start anew with Philippos.