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Talking the “City On Fire” with Garth Risk Hallberg by Katerina Charisi

ovicover_11_12_16I knew all about “City On Fire” before even comes to Greece. It’s one of these books that fame reaches you before them and it’s kind of scary. An enormous 1000 pages novel, with such an impressive ad campaign, would have risked to be judge only by it and read out of curiosity, something definitely unfair for the actual book. Truth said, I was curious too. Coincidentally the timing was wrong. The book came to me late October where Athens was still in a summer mood while the book was in total winter scent. I remember this though: I was so stunned by the book itself, that after the first look, I had to put it down and make sure my hands were clean enough, not to somehow spoil it or something.

An embossed, full of promises cover and in the inside a fine white paper with scattered rectangles in the tones of grey. A beautiful publication we rarely see the Greece of crisis and poor paper quality. I wanted to start the book immediately, but it was in the middle of a warm Greek autumn and I just wanted to experience the book with the cold wind hitting the windows outside. So, I hidden the book in my closet, under a stack of clothes, and waited. It took me almost a month to start reading it and that was when I saw the first signs of winter: Two days of furious wind, hard rain and a breathtaking cold. Only then I let the “City On Fire” to carry me away.

The “City On Fire” is not a book to read between small breaks in your day. It is neither a book to read for relaxation and entertainment purposes only. This book demands your dedication and full concentration; expects from you to hold back the pinches of everyday’s routine and empty yourself from anything that is yours. And trust me, it pays you back full. It pays you back with a magical journey in a world you never been before and there is where its magic lays: “You are there too, and you live it. Like an invisible spectator hiding in the shadows, next to its fringe characters, motley heroes and dreamers. Thankfully the novel fortunate in our country through a wonderful version and translation.”

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

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From Ovi bookshelves #29

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by | April 3, 2016 · 9:17 am

From Ovi bookshelves #28

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by | March 26, 2016 · 7:32 pm

The Mortals of the Megapolis – FREE EBOOK

This is the first EBook of a series that we are going to gradually publish under the name “Mortals of the Megapolis”

The idea came in one of those surreal conversations we have too often with Catherine. Talking through internet, the gap of distance doesn’t help to cover the gap of age and sometimes one of us (usually it is me) is left behind talking about something past. And this conversation had a taste from the past. We were talking about a “game”.

You must know the “game”; we have all played it. You see somebody and you start imagining from conversations to personal details. “He is definitely a banker” or “She is a teacher in a kindergarten.” And then it was an internet page I liked, this is where the ‘I was left behind in another conversation’ came. There is an internet site I had seen and I really liked it. Photos of random people in the streets of a metropolis and a few words from them under the photo. I thought it was fantastic.

Then the only thing left was to combine the two …conversations and create the “Mortals of the Megapolis”.

This is the first book of a hopefully series of books with the mortals who live around us and talk to our imagination. In the meantime new travellers have joined Catherine and me with their imagination in our Megapolis and in the near future you will have the chance to meet them.

For now, please do download the EBook HERE and enjoy our first …mortals!

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Campaigning for Environmental and Cultural Integrity

Most of you have already read Murray Hunter’s articles in Ovi magazine about the Kelantan project. The first of his books “Campaigning for Environmental and Cultural Integrity” with Ovi is all about the project and it is something I wanted to become a book from the first time I’veKelantan_cover read the article long before published in Ovi magazine. The project is the essence of green economy.

Green economy for most connects economy and environment, an economic theory and practice that finances business while protecting the environment. That’s semantics; you see Murray has gone one step further connecting environment with culture where culture is the human element and their cultural identity. This is the part that I got lost. I got lost in thoughts and ideas. Because, of course people’s cultural identity is part of the environment and it demands equal respect if you want to succeed the harmony between people’s needs and environment with a successful business.

And here comes Kelantan where the theory has become practice and the practice application in human lives. Where the theory takes examples from real life and becomes the prototype that expands far beyond natural products, their marketing, their management and their market. It becomes an investment on nature from nature. And then is not only about natural products any more. Then it iseco-tourism, it is eco-products, it is eco-investments. The essence of green economy. And somehow I felt envy and I hope my economic troubled compatriots read this book. It might be the break they need.

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