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Seven islands are in the mercy of conquerors; opportunistic overlords, Venetian dictators, French “reformers” and, even, arrogant British officials who, for half a century, have imposed a menacing hand guised as “protection”; who then, gave the islands to Greece as a bribe for raising George I to the country’s throne. This is the story of a family, traversing time from the Middle Ages through to our days; about two kids that never had the chance to fall in love, falling prey, instead, to chance and sacrifice; about two kids that did fall in love, defying every written path of their lives; a curse that was almost forgotten up until the moment that it was reaffirmed. This is a novel about the years that the lords are building no more people in their underpasses, but they still refuse to acknowledge that the field workers have been rising. A time that balances on the edge of the sword, between a past the rolls away agonizingly slow and a future that comes tumbling down fast. It is a story about a family from Kefalonia, back when Eptanisa were struggling to become one again with Greece; back when city people begin to make decisions of their own and the villagers find out that they’re human as well.
Maria E. Skiadaressi was born in Athens, Greece, in 1956. She studied History and Archeology in the University of Athens. She worked for a number of years in excavations in Crete and as a history teacher. Her first novel, Atropos or the Life and Death of Venetia Daponte, published in 1996, was received with enthusiasm by both the public and the critics and is one of Patakis Publishers best long selling titles. In 1999 Yellow Time, a collection of 4 short stories was published, proving the talent of a gifted author. Her more recent novel, The Seventh Island was published in December 2013.
German (Suhrkamp Verlag)