Nobody drinks at the Flaubert bar. It isn't a meeting place, but the fragrance of a fatal meeting.
Yiannis Loukas is editing the autobiography of his father, a writer. Looking through family records he finds a manuscript by an aspiring author, Loukas Mathaiou: a love story written in unique style. Reading it he feels as if someone has put all their innermost thoughts down on paper. In search of the author, he finds that it was a mysterious man who caused turmoil wherever he went. As he follows the traces of this fascinating stranger, Yiannis' life takes an unexpected turning. It is the beginning of a journey full of love, disillusionment and danger, where myth is not far removed from reality.
Who is this charismatic Loukas Mathaiou? What force leads him to make his extreme choices? Why did he leave his mark forever on everyone he met?
The answer emerges at the Flaubert Bar. Where nothing is what it seems to be.
"A multifold novel, original by Greek standards, a literary palimpsest where the different elements do not weigh heavily because the successive levels are easily penetrated. It starts out as a personal search, develops into detective fiction in artistic guise, continues as a journey into European anthropological geography and ends in an unexpected finale of decipherment.."