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Four Walls

by Vangelis Hatziyannidis

Set on a Greek island, this unusual book describes the attempts of a bee keeper to create the perfect honey using a secret recipe that everyone wants to get hold of. He gives lodgings to a young woman and her daughter, and lives a life incarcerated in 'four walls'. I read it on the train and found it so gripping that I scarcely noticed the journey. Themes of jealousy, incest, imprisonment and murder dominate this fascinating book.

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The moment he closed his lips round the laden spoon, the honey exploded inside his mouth; he felt like he was under attack from some overwhelming force, striking him like a thunderbolt and leaving him dazed inside a cloud of mist. From within this mist, erupted a mischievous little cherub, which started fluttering around the ceiling, from corner to corner, while the opening bars of a triumphant march were heard in the distance. It did not take long for the aroma from the opened jar to pervade the entire room, like gas suddenly escaping from a cylinder. Its presence was so manifest that Rodakis thought that it was actually visible, that it was the mist cloud enshrouding him ....

Translated by Anne-Marie Stanton-Ife

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