Eu Bookclub Greece

EuROPEAN Book club: "Fool's gold"

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Hellenic Community of Vancouver
4500 Arbutus St,
Vancouver, BC V6J 4A2

Admission is free, but please register by e-mail:

Organized by the Consulate General of Greece in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, in collaboration with the Hellenic Community of Vancouver, the next meeting with the EU Book Club will be with a Greek novel by Maro Douka.

"Fool's Gold"
("Η αρχαία σκουριά")

“My father, thunderstruck, was demanding to know: “But when? This is madness! Impossible.” When at last he replaces the receiver in a grand Shakespearean manner – my father has it in the blood – he broke the news to us: Dictatorship. My mother cried out and collapsed in a heap on the sofa. Calliope the maid, as part of her duties, always manages to sense the right moment for a restorative coffee, and set off for the kitchen. My father repeated: “Dictatorship, do you hear!” I stared at him, shaking off sleep.

This is how Myrsini Panayotou, an Athenian girl about to start university, learns of the coup d’etat that brought to power the infamous dictatorship of the “Colonels” in her country in the early hours of Friday, 21st April 1967. The child of a well-to-do family, Myrsini enthusiastically joins the underground resistance, making common cause with a varied cast of characters from backgrounds very different from her own. After an early failed love affair, she gets engaged to George, a political prisoner, only to find her human instincts increasingly difficult to reconcile with her idealistic philosophy once he is released. The story moves towards its climax as Myrsini becomes involved in the bloody events of 17th November 1973, when tanks were used to evict students from the Athens Polytechnic. At the same time the fortunes of Myrsini’s family form a backdrop at once touching and bizarre to an impressionable girl’s unflinching search for a true identity, both for herself and for her country.

Fool’s Gold is a sparkling novel by a talented writer, one of the foremost of a generation which grew up in the shadow of the events Maro Douka describes”

The author

Maro Douka (b. 1947) is a celebrated Greek novelist.  She studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens.  Her impressive publication record includes nine novels and four novellas. She is a member of the Hellenic Authors' Society, and has received multiple inter/national prizes in recognition of her works and contribution in literature (including the Balkanika Prize for Literature, the Nikos Kazantzakis Prize of the Municipality of Heraklion, the Greek State Prize for Literature, the Kostas and Eleni  Ouranis Prize of the Academy of Athens and the Cavafy Prize).

Note: Book available on Amazon, under the name of translator, Roderick Beaton.

Light refreshments will follow, courtesy of the Consulate General of Greece.

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