For fans of fiction, there is a rich variety to choose from among the well-known, bestselling authors. For those interested in discovering new works, especially by Greek and Greek-American authors, add the following two works to your reading list.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, his debut novel, is a taut psychological thriller about a woman’s act of violence against her husband and about the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
According to the book’s description, Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations, a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.
Entertainment Weekly called the book, “An unforgettable – and Hollywood-bound – new thriller… A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.”
Author Lee Child said of the book, “Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense – a very fine novel by any standard.”
The Silent is available online.
The Eleven-Day Week: A Purification Era by Manos Megalokonomos has been translated into English by Judith Megas and Patrick Goddard. According to the book’s description, for many years now, the fate of humanity has been moving, step by step, along a prearranged path leading inevitably and without exception to a state of subjection to total physical and mental control. Insurrections to improve the lot of humanity will no longer be effective since the financial powers and seats of authority will in a few decades have become technologically so completely unassailable that no movement will be capable of defeating them. And since the large number of brave individuals needed to begin a revolution will by then be powerless, such an event would be quite impossible. Perhaps, however, against all the odds, there will be a few individuals with such a capability… just a very few.
Often in the past, history has evolved into a myth. This novel, in reverse, recounts a myth that has every chance of becoming, in the future, history.
Megalokonomos, Ambassador of Greece Ad Honorem, was born in Thessaloniki. He studied law and political sciences at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He pursued postgraduate studies in international law and international organizations at the University of Paris. From 1957 through 1992 he had a diplomatic career. He was posted in Turkey, Egypt, Strasbourg, Marseilles, and worked as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York. In 1975, he was named head of the Directorate for International Organizations and Conferences of the Foreign Ministry. He served as Ambassador of Greece to Tripoli (Libya), to Ottawa (Canada), and to Beijing (China) and in 1990 he was appointed Head of Policy Planning at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Megalokonomos also acted as the Alternate Secretary General of the Ministry for F.A. Planning Seminars and Conferences. He is the author of several published books of fiction.
The Eleven-Day Week: A Purification Era by Manos Megalokonomos is available online.