NOVEL, 632 pages
ISBN: 978-960-9527-81-1
IKAROS 2013

Long List Athens Prize for Literature

Louisa Laskaratou, a greek anthropologist working in Oxford, returns to Athens after her father’s sudden death. Petros, a young associate at her father’s lawfirm, will deliver to her his last message: a photograph, unknown to her until now, of the painting of a famous innovative 19th century scottish painter which was stolen from her family during the German Occupation. Soon, Louisa will suspect that here, there is much more than another case of a looted work of art by the Nazis. The story of the painting seems to be inextricably bound with the mystery that shadows the execution in 1944 of her father’s mother, a young painter at the time, Louiz Hatzilouka. But, the truth, as well as the fate of the painting are still unknown…

Through the search of a lost painting, the novel explores the delicate bonds which connect the present with the past, the sense of loss with memory, but also the distance between what has happened and that which is remembered, the truth and its narratives.