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Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens Paperback – 1 Nov 2004
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"In 2001, Sofka Zinovieff accompanied her husband on a posting back to Athens. This book is both an account of her enthusiastic, if often balked, attempts to transform herself into a Greek, and a vivid evocation of a city in a chaotic ferment of change. In its lively and often trenchant blend of personal recollection and a depiction of an Athens of rowdy tavernas, resourceful refugees, majestic prostitutes, innumerable theater companies, ferocious demonstrations, and age-old customs affectionately preserved, this is a thoroughly engaging memoir."
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Sofka Zinovieff trained as an anthropologist and has worked as a journalist. She lives in Athens. This is her first book.
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It is interesting however to see how much has already changed in the 10 years since it was first published and since the still ongoing 'crisis'.
Sofka Zinovieff's text is part translucent biography, part penetrating travelogue; it weaves an amazingly detailed portrait of a Greece in transition and covers most squares on the human chequerboard from etiquette and folklore to politics and economics. She has a slight advantage having studied anthropology at Cambridge and gains some stereoscopic vision from having done a year's fieldwork in the mid-eighties for her Ph.D in Nafplio, now a modest tourist resort although briefly the capital of Greece after independence in 1834. Her book is effectively a fount of mythological associations and historical facts, yet full of food description and accounts of age-old custom, made all the easier to assimilate for having been sown into such an interesting real-life story.
It does not fall short on humour and generally makes for such a pleasant read that it can be disappointing to reach the end so quickly ! But before you do, you should have learnt amongst other things about "katharevousa" (or purist Greek v. demotic modern Greeek), "filoxenia" (Greek hosptiality to strangers unless "allodapos" - aliens), "filotimo" (sense of honour and pride), "kamakia" (local competition between males to score with female tourists), "fakelaki" & "rousfeti" (envelopes under the table and favours), "rembetika" (Greek Blues music), "Ochi Day" (28th of October , celebrating 'saying No' and the rout of Italians in 1940) and the Greek Revolutionary Organisation '17 November' (founded after the fall of the military junta in 1974).
All of the above is but a small fraction taken at random of the information woven in so cleverly - almost guilelessly! - into her imaginative tapestry based on real experience. It is literally awe-inspiring that such an outwardly modest book contains such a wealth of knowledge.
Although the writing style seemed a little awkward at first I was quickly absorbed into the warm + often very funny observations of Greek life. Indeed, as a lone woman traveller I was very glad of her shared knowledge of the 'Kamakia' or "Harpoonists" (usually cafe-based gaggles of predatory men!) and many other Greek institutions + customs. The book goes on to offer a perceptive account of events in Greek history which have shaped both the people and the place. If like me, you have an aversion to dry or pompous history books + travel guides then try this wonderful book. I quickly began to understand the strengths and vulnerabilities of a people told in a very human way. Don't go to Athens without it !
I loved it & learnt much that I didn't already know from my many visits & my Athenian Husband. I recommend it to anyone interested in Greece or the Greeks .
Thank you Sofka for your excellent book and your love for my city and country.
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