Description - Stolen Time by Vangelis Hatziyannidis
A young and poverty-stricken student agrees to spend two weeks in a remote hotel with a group of strangers for the equivalent of five month's rent. He is interviewed about his beliefs and his past by members of the group, who occasionally mock him but never resort to violence. The discovery of a list of names and dates written on a wardrobe drawer in his room makes the young man curious about previous 'guests' of the group. His unease increases when he finds a concealed room and its alarming contents. It is only years later that he is able to look back on what took place in the hotel and begin to piece all the parts of the puzzle together...
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(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
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Book Reviews - Stolen Time by Vangelis Hatziyannidis
US Kirkus Review »
Is Aino, the Greek goddess of secrets, a contemporary fabrication?An archaeology student in Athens is seen on TV by a five-person "sect" devoted to the goddess. The director, actress, photographer, goldsmith and antique collector pay the student (the unnamed narrator) to live at the Aino Hotel, where they can observe and interrogate him about his past. Meanwhile, he studies them and pries into their secrets, which include associating with a junta sympathizer and supporting the drug-addicted sister of an earlier subject who became their victim. Predictably, there is a secret chamber in the hotel. As in his first novel, Four Walls (2006), Hatziyannidis fixates on the effects of enforced isolation. But here, the initial set-up and subsequent plotting are so contrived that the book and its Aino codex (yes, there is a codex, as well as writing on the underside of a drawer) can be read only allegorically. Just how remains a secret, veiled by the author's (or translator's) cliches, the narrator's digressions and, possibly, by a cultural context alien to the non-Greek reader.A short novel that feels too long. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Vangelis Hatziyannidis
Vangelis Hatziyannidis was born in 1967 and lives in Athens. His first novel, Four Walls, won him the Greek literary magazine Diavazo's prize for the best new writer in 2001 and has been translated into French, Italian and Spanish.