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In the first years of the colonels’ dictatorship, among the many dissidents who are persecuted, a centre-leftist minister of the Giorgos Papandreou government – Giorgos Mylonas – is arrested and deported to Amorgos. His son-in-law, Elias Kulukundis, a Greek of the diaspora and scion of a shipowner family, takes the initiative of saving Mylonas, defying his conservative heritage and the great difficulties of such an enterprise. He contacts self-exiled politicians and resistance networks abroad and travels from Geneva to Cyprus and from London to Italy, helped by a group of Italian volunteers, organizing Mylonas’ liberation. The Amorgos Conspiracy describes this tough and complex journey in a gloomy political atmosphere and sketches with precision quite a few statesmen of the era: Andreas Papandreou, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, Vassos Lyssarides, Pablo.
A graduate of Phillips Exeter and Harvard, Elias Kulukundis studied literature and languages, and he has been at home in more than one career, both that of a shipping investor and a writer. He also translated Both Sides of the Ocean by the Soviet novelist Viktor Nekrasov. The Feasts of Memory, his first memoir, was reissued in 2003, after being widely and favourably reviewed. He currently divides his time between New York and Greece.