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The House on Paradise Street – Sofka Zinovieff

The House on Paradise Street – Sofka Zinovieff

 

In 2008 Antigone Perifanis returns to her old family home in Athens after 60 years in exile. She has come to attend the funeral of her only son, Nikitas, who was born in prison, and whom she has not seen since she left him as a baby. Nikitas had been distressed in the days before his death and, curious to find out why, his English widow Maud starts to investigate his complicated past. In so doing, she reignites a bitter family feud, and discovers a heartbreaking story of a young mother caught up in the political tides of the Greek Civil War and forced to make a terrible decision that would blight not only her life but that of future generations…The House on Paradise Street is an epic tale of love and loss, which takes readers from the war-torn streets of Nazi-occupied Athens through the military junta years and on into the troubled city of recent times – and shows what happens when ideology threatens to subsume our sense of humanity.

The Guardian: “A fiercely absorbing, passionate novel.”

John Humphrys: “A beautifully written and timely book that brings into dramatic focus the tragedy of Greece’s recent history.”

Observer: “An engrossing saga of a family riven by ideological conflict and fractured by war.”

 The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff

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Average Rating:

3.8 rating based on 302 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 1907595694
ISBN-13: 9781907595691
Goodreads: 13266636

Author(s): Publisher: Short Books Ltd
Published: 3/1/2012

In 2008 Antigone Perifanis returns to her old family home in Athens after 60 years in exile. She has come to attend the funeral of her only son, Nikitas, who was born in prison, and whom she has not seen since she left him as a baby. Nikitas had been distressed in the days before his death and, curious to find out why, his English widow Maud starts to investigate his complicated past.

In so doing, she finds herself reigniting a bitter family feud, discovering a heartbreaking story of a young mother caught up in the political tides of the Greek Civil War and forced to make a terrible decision that would blight not only her life but that of future generations.

The House on Paradise Street is an epic tale of love and loss, which takes readers from the war-torn streets of Nazi-occupied Athens through the military junta years and on into the troubled city of recent times - and shows what happens when ideology threatens to subsume our sense of humanity.
 

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