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Literature

Books by Kostas Krommydas to Add to Your Reading List

Bestselling and award-winning Greek author Kostas Krommydas is an acclaimed actor, teacher and passionate storyteller. His novels have been among the top 10 at the prestigious Public Book Awards in Greece and his novel Ouranoessa won first place in 2017. He received the coveted WISH writer's award in 2013 as an emerging author. When not writing novels at the family beach house in Athens, Krommydas is an accomplished actor in theater, film and on TV. American audiences may recognize him from his role on the British series The Durrells which airs on PBS in the United States. Krommydas also teaches public speaking and contributes guest articles to popular Greek newspapers, magazines, and websites. His novels are all available online in Greek and in English translation.

Among the novels by Kremmydas to add to your reading list, the Public Readers’ Choice Award-winner for 2017, Ouranoessa, was released in English as Dominion of the Moon in 2018. “Ouranoessa,” as noted in the book, is another name for the island of Samothrace and refers to a woman filled with sky, often likened to the famous statue, the Nike of Samothrace, which is currently in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The novel, based on a true story, begins in the final days of World War II as archaeologist Andreas Stais follows the signs that could lead him to unearth the face of the goddess who has been haunting his dreams for years, all the while searching for the woman who, over a brief encounter, has come to dominate his waking hours. In present day Greece, another Andreas, an Interpol officer, leaves New York and returns to his grandparents’ island to bid farewell to his beloved grandmother. Once there, he will come face to face with long-buried family secrets and the enigmatic Iro in this compelling mystery/romance.

Lake of Memories is also based on a true story and follows its varied cast of characters as their stories intertwine into a tapestry of romance, crime, and timeless love. In Paris, a dying woman is searching for the child that was snatched from her at birth over twenty years ago. In Athens, a brilliant dancer is swirling in ecstasy before an enraptured audience. In the first row, a young photographer is watching her for the first time, mesmerized. He knows she is stealing his heart with every swirl and turn, yet is unable to break the spell. And on the Greek island of the Apocalypse, Patmos, a man is about to receive a priceless manuscript from a mysterious benefactor.

In Cave of Silence, Dimitri, a young actor, is enjoying the lucky break of his life—a part in an international production shot on an idyllic Greek island and a romance with Anita, his beautiful co-star. When his uncle dies, he has one last wish: that Dimitri scatters his ashes on the island of his birthplace. At first, Dimitri welcomes this opportunity to shed some light on his family’s history—a history clouded in secrecy. But why does his mother beg him to hide his identity once there?

Dimitri discovers that the past casts long shadows onto the present when his visit sparks a chain of events that gradually reveal the island’s dark secrets. Based on true events, Cave Of Silence moves seamlessly between past and present to spin a tale of love, passion, betrayal, and cruelty. Dimitris and Anita may be done with the past, but is the past done with them?

A Tuscan Night, set in Italy and Greece, is a bit of departure for Krommydas since the book is not a mystery like his previous books, but fits more into the genre of literary fiction with its focus on the journey of the characters.

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