NOVELS

  "The Disappearance"
Patakis, 1992
ISBN: 960-293-789-0

Synopsis:
When sixteen-year-old Nikitas disappears on the island of Samos, a young journalist is sent by his newspaper to investigate the case. He begins his investigations, however, with mixed feelings since the island brings back disturbing memories of an experience he had there years ago. The strange happenings that expect him on Samos, his encounter with Nikita's family - a family of refugees who had returned from Russia a few years before -, the mystery clouding the boy's disappearance, as well as the findings he will uncover about his own past, will make him experience unexpected situations, situations that will not only be critical for Nikita's rescue but also for his own future.

Reviews:
"...Litsa Psarafti's work questions contemporary problems. We could say that the author grasps at the facts, grapples the current events and then, once she has filtered them with concern and knowledge, she weaves her stories, stories that are so loved by teens.

...The disappearance and the mystery that surrounds Litsa Psarafti's book are, in our opinion, a guise. In reality the author has drafted a human landscape, or more correctly, a landscape of young spirits. It is a landscape that comes to life through a carefully-created and almost cinematic style, by the successive flash-backs and the portraits that appear suddenly in blossoming gardens, or in the half-light of a humble room or in the tiny apartment in Tashkent that is haunted by the pain of that far away homeland which vowed to wait for the nostalgic τάλαινες, and that, however did not wait for them at all."

Eleftherotypia Newspaper, 7/04/1993

"...Litsa Psarafti describes with force, honesty and daring, the psychological and emotional facets of the teenage spirit. Her characters are real and well-rounded, her language is alive, her narration with its successive flash backs and cinematic style, fascinate and enthral their reader. This is a novel that will be enjoyed by both young and old."
Rizospastis Newspaper, 13/05/1993

"The author methodically builds her myth and proceeds with skill as well as with respect and prudence into the depths of her hero's personality as well as the events that unfold. Desperation, hate, and love all lie confused within the young spirit, however, in the end, completely naturally and not at all in the form of a "happy-end", love, hope and the fighting spirit prevail from within. The secondary characters cease to be "extras" to the plot as they are just as well structured as their primary counterparts. The verbal expressions iterated in the text don't surprise the reader as they are natural, genuine, while the two youngsters' sexual encounter is no cause for shock since it is approached with seriousness. Finally, the atmosphere of mystery and suspense is a further positive element of this book."
Diadromes Magazine

"...The Disappearance is a metaphysical novel whose roots can be found hidden deep in the past. From there they slowly come out in the light of the sun in order to realise the present.

...Litsa Psarafti is a modest and sensitive author. She knows just how to approach the adolescent spirit (with simplicity and love) and to slowly unfold it - in the same way as a precious papyrus - in order to easily and comfortably develop its innermost contents.

The author knows how to sprinkle her work with youthful freshness. All her heroes are impetuous, alive, and have faith as well as love for life. Their love is stirring while their adventures are seductive. They have no ill wishes. They have rivalries. They have playful taints of teasing moods. Many times they are burnt by their own flame - it sears them - but the purity of their spirit remains unsinged.

And love, discrete and transparent in its most primordial form, highlights the infinite nature of these young people's horizons and reflects their humane emotions.

Within the thoughts of the author there exists - it is possible that it is unintentional - the innocent, charming and natural game of Heraklitus' from Ephesos conviction: that man must have the "highest sense of exchange with the phenomena of the world". The heroes of The Disappearance possess this too."

ANTIGONE BRYONI-CHATZITHEODOROU
Samiaki Epitheorisi Magazine, Issue 42, March 1994

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