'The main character in this book is the poet Maria Polidouri (1902-30), a beautiful, temperamental woman, who was independent and dynamic but also very sensitive. She paid a heavy price for the independence that combined so explosively with her sensitivity and bohemian lifestyle, by dying at the age of 28 from tuberculosis. We know her principally because of her relationship with the poet Kostas Karyiotakis. Special people, both of them, they were creatures who fled, driven along different paths, meeting each other somewhere on the boundary. The contact they had set its mark on them, especially on Maria after the suicide of Karyiotakis. All that is history. Their era, the 1920s, has also gone down in history: the Asia Minor Disaster, social upheaval, political clashes, technological advances, and the collapse of economies and dreams. But the lives of people and their everyday existence is what gets left out of history. Although this book is based on fact, it is not simply a biography. It is a novel. The warm breath of the narrator intensifies the action. Suspense mounts and history becomes the story of each of us. The aim of the book is to make us see these two characters as if they were the people next door, as if they were living now. This is why we see them through the eyes of a third person, a man who lived near Maria, who was in love with her, but whose love for her was never requited. The gaze of the narrator becomes our passport to travel back in time and bring to life before us people who set their stamp on our age.