Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens

by Sofka Zinovieff

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 youngdaughters.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 276 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.49 out of 5
  • Published May 1st 2005 by Granta UK
  • Original Title: Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens
  • ISBN: 1862077509 (ISBN13: 9781862077508)
  • Edition Language: English

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 come 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.