Eurydice Street

A Place In Athens

Sofka Zinovieff

Published: 2 May 2005
Paperback, B Format
129x197mm, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781862077508


Sofka Zinovieff had fallen in love with Greece as a student, but little suspected that years later she would return for good with an expatriate Greek husband and two young daughters. This book is a wonderfully fresh, funny and inquiring account of her first year as an Athenian. The whole family have to get to grips with their new life and identities: the children start school and tackle a new language, and Sofka's husband, Vassilis, comes home after half a lifetime away. Meanwhile, Sofka resolves to get to know her new city and become a Greek citizen, which turns out to be a process of Byzantine complexity. As the months go by, Sofka's discovers how memories of Athens' past haunt its present in its music, poetry and history. She also learns about the difficult art of catching a taxi, the importance of smoking, the unimportance of time-keeping, and how to get your Christmas piglet cooked at the baker's.

About the author

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Sofka Zinovieff is a journalist born in England and of Russian extraction. She studied anthropology at Cambridge. After spells living in Russia and Italy, she settled with her family in Greece, an experience which she described in her highly acclaimed first book, Eurydice Street, which has been translated into three languages. More about the author

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