His best-selling trilogy took readers to nineteenth-century London, Asia Minor, Mytilene, Komotini and Athens. Now, with The Truths of Others, Nikos Themelis has shifted his focus to the twentieth century. In his latest novel, which avoids without directly undermining the notion of fixed ethnic identity, a Greek becomes a Turk in order to escape death. A lost document sheds light on a diligently concealed secret, and demonstrates that no truth comes with an absolutely reliable guarantee.
A historical novel, which is also something of a family saga, the book unexpectedly takes on aspects of detective fiction, which gear up the suspense and keep the reader guessing. An artfully constructed plot deals out continual reversals and surprises, while well-drawn characters with their own inner contradictions engage in lively confrontations. The author brings to life the atmosphere of an era in a re-creation of its everyday detail.
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