Dinner With Persephone

Patricia Storace

Published: 13 July 1998
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 416 pages
ISBN: 9781862070523


This volume explores the complicated relationship between the idea of classical Greece and the messy, Mediterranean reality of a country unsure of its place in the world. Modern Greece is the strangest nation in Europe, insisting on its privileged place as the "cradle of democracy", while offering a less-than-perfect form of democracy to its own minorities and its female population. This is the country that turned itself upside down over the adoption of the name of "Macedonia" by a former Yugoslav republic, as though Alexander the Great's nationality were a matter of extreme contemporary urgency. Patricia Storace begins by telling of her first day in Greece. She brings to bear on modern Greece a deep knowledge of the classics, of the Greek myths and of Greek Christianity. She is the author o f "Heredity", a book of poems.

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Patricia Storace is a poet and frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and Condé Nast Traveller. She is the author of Dinner with Persephone, a travel book hailed as one of the finest ever written about Greece. She lives in New York. More about the author

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