Greek Literature

#9 The Island Series by Victoria Hislop


About the Book

The Island by Victoria Hislop
The Island by Victoria Hislop

Title: The Island

Author: Victoria Hislop

Genre: Historical fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Publisher: Headline Books Publisher

Type: Series

No. of Books: 2

Books in it: #1 The Island, #2 One August Night

Goodreads rating: 4/5

Arriving on the deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leper colony, Alexis realizes her connection with the island and starts to uncover the past about her maternal family, one that forever changes her viewpoint on the concept of love and family. Though she has always wanted to know more about her mother, she would have never thought of getting her answers from the war-ravaged islands and ruined neighbours. The Island Series depicts a raw portrayal of war and its devastation, and the lifelong trauma with which it leaves the survivors.

Why do we recommend this book?

War-inspired stories rarely work well because though they inspire a few emotions in the readers, it’s hard to connect with the characters. After all, we haven’t been in their shoes (please don’t be jinxed, please don’t be jinxed). That’s not the case here because, in The Islands, we have an entire family of diverse personalities to follow through the devastation. And it touches the deepest part of the heart. 

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#10 The Murderess by Alexandros Papadiamantis


About the Book

The Murderess by Alexandros Papadiamantis
The Murderess by Alexandros Papadiamantis

Title: The Murderess

Author: Alexandros Papadiamantis

Translated by: Peter Levi

Genre: Classics, Mystery

Publisher: NYRB Classics

Type: Standalone

Pages: 144

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

Set on the Aegean island of Skiathos, The Murderess is the story of Hadoula, an old woman living on the margins of society and at the outer limits of respectability. She helps women with her herbs knowledge and by listening to their stories. She knows all about their misery and hardships, but it’s when she is cradling her newborn granddaughter that a horrifying realization hits her – nothing is worse than being born a woman. The Murderess is a story of crime and punishment, violence and insanity, and cruelty and traumas. 

Why do we recommend this book?

Ok, this is disturbing and darn chilling, and if you have a weak heart, don’t read it. A classic murder tragedy that is reminiscent of ancient Greek writing, The Murderess is brutally cruel as it talks about various societal issues amidst the goosebumps worthy crime in the backdrop. The author gives us reasons that help us understand the culprit, but he never tries to justify their crime. Thankfully, Peter Levi manages to retain the original writing as much as possible and makes for a very smooth read.

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#11 The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak


About the Book

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Title: The Island of Missing Trees

Author: Elif Shafak

Genre: Historical fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Romance

Publisher: Viking

Type: Standalone

Pages: 368

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

A story about identity, love, sacrifice, magic, and destiny, The Island of Missing Trees follows Kostas and Dafne’s love story and their existences decade apart, and the connection they share with a tree on the island they called home. The war broke out, leading Kostas and Dafne’s forbidden romance to come to a halt. On the other hand, years in the future, Ada Kazantzakis struggles with the secrets of her family past and her own identity, not understanding why the tree that grows in the back garden of her house reminds her of an island she has never before visited. A love story that transcends time, Elif Shafak brings a beautifully written fantasy novel to this 2021 publication.

Why do we recommend this book?

Oh, the romance broke us. It’s honestly so beautifully written that sometimes it feels like you are reading a poem. The fantasy elements come with holes, as they always do, but it’s not an issue that needs dealing with. The characters had satisfying ends; it was a fulfilling one-time read. Give it a try.

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#12 The Notary by Alexandros Rangavis


About the Book

 The Notary by Alexandros Rangavis
The Notary by Alexandros Rangavis

Title: The Notary

Author: Alexandros Rangavis

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Publisher: Agora Books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 152

Set on the island of Cephalonia on the eve of the Greek Revolution of 1821 is a mystery thriller novel. A wealthy count on his deathbed, his libertine nephew, an upstanding young clerk, and a scheming notary who will stop at nothing to protect his daughter makes the assemble for this novel which is one of the dramatic works by Alexandros Rizos Rangavis, a poet, author and literary historian of 1800s.

Why do we recommend this book?

Alexandros Rizos Rangavis is one of the most famous literary-historical writers, and The Notary is one of his most notable works. Though the writing is reminiscent of the ancient era of language and as such might be a little difficult to understand, the more you read, the more it ceases to be a problem. The plot is addictive, and the suspense is very well done (it resembles Agatha Christie’s books).

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#14 You Then, Me Now by Nick Alexander


About the Book

You Then, Me Now by Nick Alexander
You Then, Me Now by Nick Alexander

Title: You Then, Me Now

Author: Nick Alexander

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Type: Standalone

Pages: 299

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

Told in dual narrative, You Then, Me Now follows the story of mother and daughter as they travel to the beautiful island of Santorini, alternating between past and present, while the two try to find themselves and connect. Becca’s father is a big mystery to her, one that she has become rather obsessed to solve. So when her mother, Laura, books a ticket to Santorini, Greece, Becca decides to follow her, sure that she would find her answers there. But the more time they spent there together, the more Becca starts to understand her mother’s reluctance to talk about her father. And before long she is wondering whether her mother’s story is a book better left unopened.

Why do we recommend this book?

The beautiful, sunshine background of Santorini island provides an amazing contrast with the darker part of the story – i.e. Laura’s past. Alexander’s writing really shines in the book. Not to mention, the parallels between the mother and daughter, their thoughts, and their personalities were done so well! Laura’s past was definitely the most interesting aspect of the story, and the twists we got were executed so chillingly beautifully.

Give these books a try if you want to broaden your literature knowledge and learn more history about this country that is the cradle of Western Civilization.

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