LETTER FROM DUBLIN Ė NOVEL Ė BEST NEW AUTHOR PRIZE 1997

 
     
 

Vicky Theodoropoulou, Letter from Dublin
Hestia Publishers, First Edition June 1997, pp. 260

 
     
 

Some youngsters dream of leaving, of wandering the cities of the world, living among people whose habits are not their habits, and of return. One day, perhaps, while others, already scattered around the western megalopolis are unworried by thoughts of homecoming. The Seventies are coming to a close and Athens is recovering from a dictatorship.

 

Marina and Nasos, the main characters in Vicky Theodoropoulouís novel Letter from Dublin, are two such youngsters, and they, too, roam the globe. For her, fleeing the motherland and exploring the cities of the world was a passion, almost an obsession; for him, living in European capitals a means of accruing tokens

 

Nasos, today a busy 40-year-old resident of Brussels, will find time to describe his tempestuous relationship with Marina. In doing so, he will chronicle a generation that frequented the bars of the freshly democratic Athens, spent long summers on the islands, fell in love in outdoor discos, and, on leaving Greece, hunted life down in the capitals of Europe or found happiness Ôn the coasts of Africa. Some never worried about going back; others, like Marina, returned one day. But all of them keep on traveling.

 

Thatís why the characters in Vicky Theodoropoulouís novel sometimes meet in Porto, Barcelona or Dublin, sometimes in London, Paris or Strasbourg, and in Libreville, too, in distant Gabon. Thank goodness there are no ends for destinations!

 
     
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LETTER FROM DUBLIN, HESTIA PUBLICATIONS May1997 260 pages

 
     
 

 

...in this, her enchanting debut novel, the author takes a look at the Greeks in the cities of the world...

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...vivid and frank...
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...the author charms the reader with her highly idiomatic, interesting writing...

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...a fresco of the Greek youths of the Eighties who grew up in Europeís metropolises...

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...youthful writing with cosmopolitan features...

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...conveying colours and motion in her debut novel...

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...reveals the authorís mature literary style...

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...a sweet journey through love and friendship; one of those [books] that keep us ever young...

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...a creative nostalgia for the young who hunt for life in the cities of the world...

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...citizens of the world: this is Europe without frontiers!

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