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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, maps
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 02/05/2005
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781862077508
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Review by CVandenEynde
There's nothing really wrong with this memoir of the author's first year of living in Athens with her Greek husband and two children. It is well written and deals with all the pecularities of Greece and its inhabitants that are so striking to those who have travelled there. The only thing is: this has been done so much better bij Patricia Storace in her magnificent Dinner with Persephone. Storace's prose and her perspicacity are clearly superior, and if you wish to read a single book on contemporary Greece, I would say, go for Storace.
Review by bobbieharv
I read this while in Athens, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I see the one other reviewer here compared it unfavorably to Dinner With Persephone: I was going to write the opposite. I found Eurydice Street better-written and more interesting, whereas I had to skim much of Dinner. I'd recommend this book for anyone wanting an insider's perspective on Greece and Athens.