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The Greek Wall - cover

The Greek Wall

Nicolas Verdan

Translator Donald Wilson

Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press

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• Nicolas Verdan, a young prize-winning Swiss novelist never before available in English, knows Greece from the inside having lived there and from the family of his Greek mother. •Debut crime novel based on the true story of a ten mile wall built in 2012 to put an end to illegal immigration by land flooding Greece from the Middle East via Turkey. Many dark stories surfaced around the construction of the wall and they have been woven into this highly literary political thriller and mystery novel.  •Greek Intelligence Agent Evangelos must solve the case of the severed head but is also asked not to make waves. After all, EU funding is at risk. It is a mystery novel with a crime, an investigation, even a car chase and some form of final justice, but more importantly it evokes the problems of the West incarnated in Greece: isolationism, extremism, illegal migrants, human trafficking, corruption and a widening gulf between rich and poor. •Verdan is a highly literary writer with a deep love for Greece so the novel, while dark, is also poetic and paints an indelible portrait of Athens, with its mixed fragrances of eucalyptus, freshly baked bread and cigarette smoke.

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