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The Consummate Servant (O megalos ypiretis, 2019)
A wealthy businessman is hiring a housekeeper in order to organize his chaotic daily life. But from the moment this unusual cohabitation begins, a series of strange incidents lead this story to unexpected and strange paths. The businessman’s abusive attitude turns their co-existence into a suffocating environment, in which both sides struggle to survive, striving to maintain their own identity. Wrecked by guilt, the businessman gradually hands over aspects of his life to the housekeeper: from his work to his love relationships, the housekeeper ends up impersonating his employer.
This overlap looks like a race with an obvious winner but things are not
always what they seem to be. Who is finally the big servant and what is lying behind the visible?
A novel about the battle of Man with his own self, about the hallucinatory landscapes created by the power of manipulation.
280 pages – Original language: Greek (Kedros Publishers 2019)
The Cannibal Who Ate a Romanian (Ο κανίβαλος που έφαγε έναν Ρουμάνο, 2017)
Zerin is a wealthy man, approximately forty years old, who lives alone in a large seaside resort, in an impressive stately mansion left to him by his parents. His life ticks over monotonously with no notable excitement or surges of emotion. However, he has one great, unique passion, an inexplicable adoration of Romania, a country that’s become an obsession. The roomy study in his house is full of maps, pictures and photographs from Romania, like a miniature museum dedicated to his beloved country.
Once he hears that a Romanian family of four has settled in the area he’s overcome by an inner turmoil and without wasting any time he sets about finding them and secretly observing their every move from afar. Soon observation is no longer enough and he approaches the family explaining his passion, showering them with gifts, finding a job for the husband, Flaviu. The family, previously in dire straits, thinks it has found its saviour.
Zerin will enmesh himself into the life of the family so much that they become dependent on him (he also develops an affair with Ionela). At which point Zerin confesses the truth to Flaviu, that he’s having an affair with his wife and declares that Flaviu is surplus to requirements. He has a plan in mind to resolve the situation: he will secure the children future, but Flaviu must be cooked and eaten by the whole family. Everyone agrees it is a good plan…
Sotakis is on familiar ground with an absurdist, claustrophobic and tragi-comic tale of obsession for strong stomachs. Allegorical, stylistically playful and peppered with black humour.
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220 pages – Original language: Greek (Kedros Publishers 2017). Rights Sold: French (Intervalles), Danish (Jensen & Dalgaard), Turkish (Tudem).
The Miracle of Breathing
An unemployed young man is looking for a job in the classified ads. Desperate because of his financial difficulties and pressed by the need to provide for himself and his sick mother, he accepts an offer of a bizarre position. All he has to do is provide his house to the company for storage space, and he will receive a handsome reward every time an item is transferred there. The deliveries begin straight away and his house gradually fills up with furniture and other useless objects. At first he is excited, but soon realises that something is wrong. The agents of the company inform him that he will no longer be able to leave his house. Finding himself buried under innumerable objects, there is no more space for him to walk from one room to the next, he ends up with just one privilege: to breathe.
ATHENS PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2010
200 pages – Rights Sold: Arabic (Sefsafa), French (Intervalles), Turkish (Tudem), Italian (Del Vecchio), Serbian (Clio), Taiwan (Solo), Fyrom (Magor) – Original language: Greek (Livanis Publishing, 2011)
The Story of a Supermarket (Η ιστορία ενός Σούπερ Μάρκετ, 2015)
Robert Man is a journalist from Hamilton, New Zealand, in his late thirties. He leads a mediocre life without surprises. When he is sent by the management of the magazine he works for to Papua New Guinea to cover a story, the boat in which he travels sinks. He is shipwrecked and finds himself on a desert island. There, isolated from the rest of the world, after just few days enjoying his new found freedom and the pleasures of a simple life he decides to…open a Super Market. A vast cave by the beach is the site chosen, which he starts decorating and stocking with the animals he hunts, quarters and whose meat he preserves. Robert even thinks of the parking lot area. When later on a boat patrol investigating his disappearance disembarks on the island, Robert is eager to finally take his first customers to the Super-Market, a now grotesque space filled by the stench of rotten cuts of meat.
A kafka-esque existential comedy about the ambitions and desires that are part of human life. A book about loneliness, vanity, and the illusions we’re after.
200 pages – Rights Sold: Arabic (Sefsafa), French (Intervalles), Serbian (Clio), Turkish (Tudem). Original Language: Greek (Kedros Publishers 2015)