Where do you live?
A flat in downtown Nicosia with my wife, our three-year old daughter and her imaginary friends.
Best childhood memory?
I would have to say bodyboarding in Rio de Janeiro back in the early nineties. It’s a sport I truly love but rarely get to practice. If Cyprus had (proper) waves, I’d be in paradise.
Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Vinocultura for wine. No Reservations on special occasions. If push comes to shove, I can live on lentils for lunch and pizza for dinner.
What food would you really turn your nose up to?
I’ll eat anything. However, I am not crazy about liver, which surprisingly enough is transformed into something sublime in kokoretsi. And I find cucumbers and taro root very boring.
What did you have for breakfast?
Muddy black coffee and a grilled cheese sandwich.
Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
I am not a big sleeper so I certainly enjoy my nights. However, I prefer being out and about during the daytime. A perfect day would consist of wine tasting up in the Troodos mountains and a lengthy lunch at a local tavern.
Best book ever read?
Way too many to list. Here are a few: Crime and Punishment, The Savage Detectives, Middlesex, The Sound of Things Falling, Cloud Atlas. I am a sucker for plot; too much philosophising or metaphysical meanderings lose me quickly. By the way, this question calls for a shout out to the coolest Twitter wine-and-book club in town: #Xynistereads.
Favourite film of all time and why?
Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves. Emily Watson’s performance is one for the ages.
Favourite holiday destination? What’s your dream trip?
My dream trip is Portugal, including several days of wine tasting in the Douro Valley. My favourite holiday destination is Mexico. I have been there six or seven times and there’s still plenty to discover. Plus, the food is unbeatable. Next time around I’ll hit up San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas and Puebla.
What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, My Morning Jacket, The New Pornographers, Sufjan Stevens, Joy Division and Peppa Pig’s Nursery Rhymes.
What is always in your fridge?
White wine and copious amounts of hot sauce.
Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Definitely a rural retreat. One of my goals in life is to own a sleek container house up in the Troodos mountains. The hustle and bustle of life by the sea (specially during Cypriot summers) gets on my nerves.
If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
The late Chilean author Roberto Bolaño to pick his brain on his writing process and Latin American fiction.
If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Track down a couple bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, roll out the pizza dough and get drunk with my wife.
What is your greatest fear?
Failing to write the next Great Cypriot-Ecuadorian Novel.
Tell me a joke…