Valdosta, GA, January 23, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Originally written in Greek in 2007, The Agony of Survival by Dr. Spyros Vrettos is the first novel of a trilogy which deals with the most vital issue of survival in its entire manifestation.
Harikleia Sirmans says of her translation, "Translating The Agony of Survival was like writing a new book, while maintaining—as much as possible–the author’s style, language, and narrative tone as well as keeping in mind the American audience, their culture and language idioms. It was an arduous task that involved research in dictionaries, thesauri, and other reference books in both English and Greek. When I started the translation, I had to handwrite it because, at the time, I did not own a computer or was close to one."
Aris, the main character of the story, an investor and representative of high technocracy, realizes that something extremely menacing is developing worldwide. Extended natural disasters continuously afflict particular areas of planet Earth. Earthquakes and diseases emerge more often in the universal spotlight, while complicated and peculiar disasters threaten the foundations of the worldwide economy. Aris selects an area of rare beauty to live, to invest, and to connect electronically with the world. He lives with a woman, Danae, whom he met during his visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and who stands by his side along with another couple that arrives later. He believes that he has discovered an exceptionally secure way to survive in an insecure world. But, does he survive?
Sirmans believes that the timeliness of The Agony of Survival is verified constantly today: the massive earthquake in Japan (March 11, 2011) that triggered the 23-foot tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant explosion, devastating weather phenomena, financial crisis, diseases, and various other threats plague our planet daily. Despite the negative incidents of the story, the author does not wish to spoil the serenity of his readers, but rather to offer them the joy of involving themselves directly in issues about their lives and their survival. He wants to believe that humans will survive all odds; that our planet will survive–a planet which will never cease to emit the beauty and joy of life. The romance that interweaves with the main philosophical ideas makes this book accessible not only to philosophically inclined readers but to the everyday man or woman who searches for meaning in the chaos of modern life.
About the author:
Dr. Spyros Vrettos lives and works in Lefkada, Greece. He graduated from the School of Philosophy of Athens University. In 1987, he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the School of Philosophy of the University of Jannina. He has published several novels including The Agony of Survival, 2nd ed. (Grigori Press, 2007) and Incredible Machine (Grigori Press, 2009). The critics think that his novels are original and highly artistic, and that they introduce a new perspective in novel-writing. His scholarly studies have been published in scholarly magazines, year books, and convention reports.
About the translator:
Harikleia Georgiou Sirmans grew up in Greece. At the age of 17, she started her own tailoring business. In 1990, she came to the United States, where she graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in English Language and Writing and a minor in French. She returned to Greece and spent one year in Athens, and six months in Paris trying to utilize her degree. During that time, she started translating The Agony of Survival and finished it in two years. Later, she moved to London where she worked in the retail business for 4 1/2 years. Currently, she works as a cataloger at the public library in Valdosta, Georgia, and she pursues her Master’s in Library and Information Science from VSU.
The Agony of Survival: A novel
Translated from the Greek by: Harikleia Georgiou Sirmans
Edited by: Dr. Constantine Santas
Cover art by: Frana
Infinity Publishing December 2011
USD$13.95; 185 pages; 21 x 14 cm
Sold by: Infinity Publishing www.buybooksontheweb.com and Amazon.com
Author contact: Dr. Spyros Vrettos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Translator contact: Harikleia Sirmans at email@example.com