Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter
Cover: Swell - Ioanna Karystiani

Ioanna Karystiani

Swell

2010, pp. 272, Paperback
ISBN: 9781933372983
Translated by: Konstantine Matsoukas
Region: Greece
$ 15.00

The book

The moment of reckoning has come for Captain Mitsos Avgustìs. After twelve years at sea it is time to go home to the island on which he was born: home to his wife Flora, his two daughters, his son, a granddaughter he has never met, and Litsa, his lover from all those years ago; a modern-day Penelope awaiting the return of her Ulysses. It will take all Avgustìs’s courage and strength to face the squalls and storms on land after a lifetime at sea—and all the while, he must resist the ocean’s siren song bidding him return, tempting him back to the cargo vessel, the Athos III, that he so reluctantly left. It is there that his demons lurk, there that his terrible secrets are buried, there that his true home lies.

Statuesque like Poseidon, gruff yet tender, a true legend of the seven seas, Avgustìs will learn that no matter how many or how varied one’s experiences of life have been, there is always something new to learn. And the price of learning certain lessons so late in life can be terribly steep. He will seek comfort in the gentle rolling of the ocean’s swell and the silent currents that have healed sailors’ wounds since time immemorial.

A sweeping saga about love and hope set in modern-day Greece, Swell is Karistiani’s most moving and gripping novel yet.

The author

Ioanna Karystiani
Ioanna Karystiani was born on the island of Crete, Greece, in the town of Chania and now lives in Athens. Her literary debut came with the collection of short stories, I kyria Kataki (Ms. Kataki). She has since written three novels, all of which have been translated into several languages. She wrote the screenplay for The Brides, directed by Pandelis Vulgaris and produced by Martin Scorsese, and Estrella mi vida, directed by Costa Gavras. She received the Greek state prize for literature and the Athenian Academy prize for her first novel, and the Diavaso literature prize for her second.

Press

From the same country

  • Cover: The Passenger: Greece - AA.VV.

    AA.VV.

    The Passenger: Greece

    2020, pp. 192, $ 22.00
    A new series from Europa Editions, The Passenger collects the best new writing, photography, art and reportage from around the world.
  • Cover: The Secret Sister - Fotini Tsalikoglou

    Fotini Tsalikoglou

    The Secret Sister

    2015, pp. 128, $ 15.00
    The past isn’t over. It isn’t even past. For Jonathan, a third generation Greek American who has never set foot in his ancestral homeland, a...
  • Cover: Seven Lives and One Great Love: Memoirs of a Cat - Lena Divani

    Lena Divani

    Seven Lives and One Great Love: Memoirs of a Cat

    2014, pp. 160, $ 15.00
    Sugar recounts his days and nights spent with Miss Sweetie in a novel that fits squarely into the illustrious tradition of feline literature a la...

More suggestions

  • Cover: Brotherhood - Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Brotherhood

    2021, pp. 208, $ 17.00
    WINNER of the French Voices Grand Prize, Prix Ahmadou Kourouma, and Grand Prix du Roman Métis Mohamed Mbougar Sarr’s searing and thought-provoking...
  • Cover: Heaven - Mieko Kawakami

    Mieko Kawakami

    Heaven

    2021, pp. 192, $ 23.00
    Hailed as a bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami’s novel is told in the voice of a 14-year-old student who subjected to relentless torment...
  • Cover: Friends & Dark Shapes - Kavita Bedford

    Kavita Bedford

    Friends & Dark Shapes

    2021, pp. 192, $ 17.00
    Grief is universal and eternal, yet how we deal with it—or how it deals with us—depends on who is grieving, when, and with whom. Losing...
  • Cover: Nives - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Nives

    2021, pp. 208, $ 17.00
    One of the most exciting new voices in Italian literature brings to life a hauntingly beautiful story of undying love, loss, and resilience, and...
  • Cover: Thirst - Amélie Nothomb

    Amélie Nothomb

    Thirst

    2021, pp. 96, $ 15.00
    In her twenty-eighth novel in as many years, best-selling Belgian novelist and international literary superstar Amélie Nothomb takes on a story...
  • Cover: The Promise - Damon Galgut

    Damon Galgut

    The Promise

    2021, pp. 256, $ 25.00
    “Galgut will be seen as one of the great literary triumphs of South Africa’s transition… in every way the equal of J. M. Coetzee”— Rian...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

X