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Villa Combre

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Thanos left his village eleven years ago to look for his dreams in the capital. 'Nothing of me is visible', is his motto in the magic melting pot called Athens, where he stumbles from one downfall to the next. When his father dies, he returns to the village for the funeral. The paternal legacy is a small sum of money but also an old Polaroid photograph that will place before him a terrible enigma: an odd dissonance in the otherwise uneventful life of a peace loving man. In order to solve this unexpected riddle, he will have to resolve some core issues of his own.

He will infiltrate the strange world of the villa Combre, whose eccentric, shadowy inhabitants seem to harbor a painful secret. Amongst them, a very unusual girl will reanimate a repressed part of his being. Delving deeper still into the case, he will be led to an even more unexpected place where the answers that torment him are hiding. Once he finds them, he will be tested to the limits of his endurance. Will he make it through? 

Kastaniotis, 2008, 448 p.


Stamatis Alexis

Alexis Stamatis was born in Athens. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Athens and received postgraduate degrees in architecture and cinematography in London. He is an architect. He also writes columns about cultural issues. He has published six collections of poetry, his poems have appeared in foreign magazines and his novels have been translated into English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Serbian. His second book, “The Architecture of Interior Spaces”, was awarded the Nikiforos Vretakos Poetry Prize in 1994 and “American Fugue” won the International prize for literature of the American Federal Arts Institute. 

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