The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff

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Whether in the spirited exchanges Maud remembers with Nikitas, or the implicit politics of Antigone's story, Zinovieff's historical gaze is scrupulously fair and does not shirk from uncomfortable truths.
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Athens, 1942 - two sisters divided by politics and tragedy...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.
 

About Sofka Zinovieff

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Sofka Zinovieff has published two acclaimed works of nonfiction, Eurydice Street" and Red Princess", a biography of her paternal grandmother. The House on Paradise Street" is Zinovieff's first novel. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Greece.
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Short Books. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Lettie Ransley on Mar 03 2012

Whether in the spirited exchanges Maud remembers with Nikitas, or the implicit politics of Antigone's story, Zinovieff's historical gaze is scrupulously fair and does not shirk from uncomfortable truths.

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