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an illustrated Lesbo-Western by Angelos Spartalis
224 pages (all colour), 19 x 14 cm
ISBN 978-960-9515-26-9


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Maria, the timid daughter of a major-general and a graduate high school student in a Greek provincial town at the end of the 1980s, is in love with her childhood friend and fellow student, tumultuous Stella. Alarmed by small-town gossip, the major-general hurriedly engages his daughter with a trusted subordinate officer. Straight after graduation from high school she gets married and is swiftly dispatched to Athens. Stella, violently separated from her beloved Maria, burns her bridges and escapes to study in the colourful Netherlands. A chance meeting between Maria and Stella seven years later in Amsterdam inside the Van Gogh Museum, is where our story begins. 


A draft for a contemporary tragedy or the storyboard for a film; the fragmentary story of Maria and Stella by Angelos Spartalis is something of a contemporary slightly less elegantRomeo and Juliet. Structured and numbered in the manner of Wittgensteins Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and of the unfinished poem Woman of Zakynthos by Greek national poet Dionysios Solomos, this is not a compact, well-rounded rhythmical narrative. There is no literary pretence in this anarchically illustrated hybrid Lesbo-Western. All on your face!




I wrote Maria and Stella during the summer of 2021 in Crete, in my estate in Vathy, near Agios Nikolaos. The philologist Elpida Grigoraki and the graphic designer Manos Siganos offered valuable assistance. From its first draft till its completed version, the book was read and commented on by a number of friends (they also offered a lot of nonsense thoughts that I chose to forget). I would like to thank Layia Giourgou, Irena Oikonomou, Amaryllis, Annie Shiradze, Voula Kokolaki, Erato Kapetanaki, Evi Lazoura, Theodora Samara, Nicholas Tavlas.

I illustrated the work while I wrote it, in a way that the images were often the inspiration for the text rather than the opposite. Thus I found myself in limbo between text and illustration, illustration and text, something I found as amusing as the being on the seesaw or even more. I painted the images with oil colours on Hahnemülle paper 310 gr or Royal Talens paper 240 gr size 30x40cm. Often the paper was prepared with acrylic sizing. All works are signed at the back. Invaluable help during the illustration was offered by Mara Apostolaki, Daniela Kazanu, Marianna Ghika, Nadia Spartali and Demetra Spartali. The images were photographed by Giannis Bousdoglou and Angela Svoronou.

In addition to all the treasured friends I already mentioned, I also wholehearteadly thank Yiannis Nenes, Yiannis Flaskis, Nikos Georgoulakis, Nikos Tzanakis, Stelios Kteniadakis, Sophia Haralambous, Maristella Papadaki, Nicholas Askordalakis, Giorgos Drakonakis, Eleni Apostolaki, Maria Zoumaki, Panagiotis Garefalakis.

Angelos Spartalis



10 of the 97 illustrations of the book




Angelos Spartalis is a painter and cinematographer. He grew up in Crete, Greece and in Dusseldorf, Germany. He holds a Degree from the National Technical University of Athens (Mechanical Engineering-Aeronautics).

Among other awards and distinctions he has won the Innovation & Digital Effects Award from the Hellenic Film Academy (2014) as well as the Digital Alexander Award and the Fischer Audience Award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (2008). In 2014 he was selected to represent Titanium Yiayiannos Gallery at the ART ATHINA international art fair with his solo exhibition Christ re-Crucified curated by the art historian and NKUA professor Dr Manos Stefanidis. In 2015 the Museum of Contemporary Art Crete and the Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos co-organised his solo exhibition The Apology of Socrates in Kaufbeuren curated by the Museums director Maria Maragkou.

He lives in Exarchia, Athens and in Agios Nikolaos, Crete.


Copyright 2022 ATHENS VOICE
1st edition: May 2022
Series: Litterature
Series supervisor: Angeliki Birbili
Editor: Fotis Georgeles

Writing - Illustration: Angelos Spartalis

Illustration Assistants: Mara Apostolaki, Daniela Cazanu, Marianna Gkika, Nadia Spartali, Dimitra Spartali

Consultants to the author: Elpida Grigoraki, Manos Siganos
Photographs of works: Angela Svoronou, Giannis Bousdoglou
Music in video banners: Antonis Papaspyros (OBLIVION)

Technical editor - Proofreader: Konstantina Tsiaga
Cover design: Manos Siganos
Artistic director: Konstantina Vlachopoulou


       The cover of the book   2D   *   3D

       Video banner of the book   Landscape   *   Portrait   *   GIF


       The book's presentation in Athens   Article   *   video

       The book's presentation in Crete   video

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