We are happy to post information about 'The Island Survival Guide' a novel by George Zarkadakis, a new author (who writes both in Greek and English) that has just joined SalmaiaLit.
'The Island Survival Guide' is already published in Spanish (Ediciones B) and Greek (Kedros), and we hope more foreign languages will follow soon. With remarkable talent and energy, George Zarkadakis creates in this novel a bizarre world brimming with suspense, as well as a fascinating journey into the mysterious nature of identity and consciousness.
In Spain the author has been compared to a Murakami, Auster or Vonnegut. The Spanish newspaper 'El País' has said: "Philosophical speculation plenty with mystery and abundant literary references are revealed in the narrative world created by Zarkadakis in “The Island Survival Guide” (Ediciones B), a thriller which allows the author to establish a complete drama which unfolds with agility and freshness". - El País
Below please find more information about the novel's plot and the author.
A stunning novel of ideas -and a murder mystery - in the spirit of Haruki Murakami, Paul Auster, or the recent ‘The Remainder’ by Tom McCarthy.
Imagine that you couldn't see your reflection in a mirror or your image in a photograph. Such is the last day of life for Alexander Eleftheriou, a Greek journalist suffering from a rare neurological disease that renders him invisible to himself. Alex must decide whether to have surgery that would correct the problem but wipe out his identity, or waive the surgery to keep his sense of self…but surely die within days.
Ironically, Alexander's brain disorder is not his biggest problem as he becomes the victim of an assassination attempt. As he sinks into a coma, Alex embarks on a surreal odyssey in his last moments of life, while his newspaper colleagues struggle to solve the mystery behind his imminent death. Alexander's fantastical journey reveals his greater role in the universe as he travels to an infinite bookstore, uncovers dark secrets about his parents' past during the German occupation of Athens in World War II, and reunites with his long lost love, Mina.
With remarkable talent and energy, George Zarkadakis creates a bizarre world brimming with suspense, as well as a fascinating journey into the mysterious nature of identity and consciousness.
George Zarkadakis (Athens, 1964) is the publisher of Avgo Books, the science imprint of Oceanida Publications. He is the author of four other novels, which have been published in Greece, Italy and Spain. His second novel End of the East was runner up for the prestigious Greek State Literary Prize. George holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of Focus magazine, the largest popular science magazine in Greece. He has written for television, published short stories, poetry, science books, and several of his plays have been staged in Athens. This is his first novel in English.