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Athens Academy Award for Best Novel (2011)
On Christmas Eve, the incident of a snatched purse and the obsession of the victim, a young woman named Eva, with the thief, after she has retrieved its contents. Somewhere in the distant background, there is and there isn't a husband, a dying father in love with his nurse, and the mystery of a dead dog. This is Eva's odyssey from a night club of alcohol and «substance abuse» to a furtive kiss in the toilets and out in the street and her acquaintance with the street woman Moira, who keeps warm by a makeshift fire and eventually leads her to the ill famed hotel, Parthenon. There, in a room kept by a certain Ramon, we meet Titika and Eddy and listen to an obsessive confession by the purse snatcher, who does not realize that Eva is his victim. The new day finds Eva returning home, and it's Christmas Day, the end of a dubious flight, mostly within. A «tour-de-force» first person narrative by the awarded author of «Zigzag Through the Bitter Orange Trees».
Ersi Sotiropoulos (novelist, fiction writer, poet) won the National Literature Prize and the Book Critics' Award for her novel, «Zigzag Through the Bitter-Orange Trees». She studied Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology in Florence and was a cultural attaché in the Greek Embassy in Rome. She has participated in several exhibitions of Visual and Concrete Poetry as well as in literature festivals around the world. She has written scripts for film and television. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Swedish and English. She has been a fellow at the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, at Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany, at Princeton University, at Sacatar Foundation in Brazil, and elsewhere. She lives in Athens.
French (Editions Stock)