New Bolton author publishes novel set in Greece


Made by Sea and Wood, in Darkness, by Alexandros Plasatis

Written by Alexandros Plasatis

A new author has written his first book, Made by Sea and Wood, in Darkness, which has been published by American publisher Spuyten Duyvil, and endorsed by writers and critics, including Junot Díaz, who won the Pulitzer Prize.

Alexandros Plasatis, a Greek immigrant who moved to the UK 20 years ago, writes fiction in English, which is his second language, and moved to Bolton, Greater Manchester a month ago to take up a new job at a local charity.

Stories from this book have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of The Net, and over the years all stories were published in US, UK, Indian and Canadian magazines and anthologies.

The novel is set in an all-night cafe in the Greek seaport of Kavala, a scruffy hangout of Egyptian fishermen and ragged locals. It is a collage of linked stories capturing the lives, loves and tales of the immigrant community. The servers at the café, Pavlo and Angie feel alienated from this brutish world of raunchy, wretched men.

Jonathan Taylor, author of Entertaining Strangers and Melissa describes these tales as “sometimes brutal, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant—sometimes all of these things and more. This is a beautiful and disturbing novel in stories which deserves a wide readership.”

Steven G. Kellman, author of The Translingual Imagination and Redemption writes: “Evoking that world, Alexandros Plasatis, who was born in Greece but lives in England, is in full command of his adopted English. Like one of his misplaced Egyptians, Plasatis makes his words ‘sound like breaking crackers.'”

Made from Sand and Wood, in Darkness can be ordered directly from the publisher Spuyten Duyvil, or through Amazon. For more information about Alexandros and his book see his website.



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