VANISHING-POINT

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ARISTOTELIS NIKOLAIDIS

In this story Aristotelis Nikolaidis, psychiatrist and prolific novelist and poet, relates how a certain individual slowly vanishes from view, a process that becomes strangely contagius. Starting with the narrator, who has doubts about his own identity and even the reality of his thoughts and memories, the contagion spreads to other characters and to the narration itself. The hero's odyssey is a descent into hell in which reality becomes a snare trapping the wanderer in the state of absolute clandestinity; finally it reaches the very frontiers of paranoia to refect starkly all the incoherence and derisiveness of the late twentieth century.

Vanishing-Point, first published in 1975, received Greece's first National Book Award for a novel in 1976.