Anatolia, 1922. Pursued by a Turkish army after three years of Greek occupation, a retreating Greek brigade has lost its way. Commanded by a brigadier with a passion for Greek mythology and a secret addiction to morphine, the brigade's only chance of salvation is to reach the Mediterranean coast and sail home. As the army wanders through the inhospitable land, morale crumbles among the troops, a spate of thefts goes unsolved and every man's thoughts retrurn to a terrible act of vengeance committed by the brigade.
Their luck seems to change, when they come across a small town, up until then untouched by the war, where the mayor and schoolteacher are in competition for the favours of the local courtesan and a failed newspaper correspondent is drinking himself to death for lack of a story.
But instead of outrunning its Furies, the brigade brings them to this seemingly idyllic palace, with fateful consequences for soldiers and citizens alike.
Karnezis seems likely to take his place beside the masters of European storytelling
The Maze confirms Karnezis as an original and important literary voice
Worthy of Graham Greene. [The Maze is] an outlandish, ingeniously constructed novel as powerful and full of surprises as any ancient myth
Enchanting... the mad beauty of Karnezis's imagination is entirely his own
Excellent... Assured and sophisticated