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The scene is Paris, sometime after the 1967 military coup in Greece. Eleni, together with a group of her friends and fellow political exiles, finds herself working as an extra in a French film: The Horror Train. It is not the first time Eleni has been caught up in a deadly drama, nor is it her first ride on a horror train. As the director waves his arms, shouting directions and re-shooting the sequence, Eleni's mind wanders to her first train ride: "Athens-Piraeus. My first big trip by train." " - You're Eleni? I'm Achilles." "They don't ask which Achilles. One name is enough..."
For the rest of her life, Eleni will be "Achilles' Fiancee," fiancee of the guerilla leader, the brave, handsome kapetanios whose code-name is Achilles. In the demonstrations against the German occupiers of Greece, in prison where she waits for a death sentence during the post-war persecution of suspected leftists, in exile in Tashkent where the exiled Greek communists fight amongst themselves, and finally in Paris. But somewhere along the way Eleni becomes an independent character with a mind of her own. As she begins to doubt the slogans that she fought for when she was a blind follower of leaders like her fiance, Eleni involves us in her own private world of self-discovery. It is a woman's world, where human warmth and friendships matter more than abstract ideals.
The Greek work for a novel is mythistorema, a word that combines myth and history. In her story of a young woman's struggle to survive through an extraordinary period of Greek history, Alki Zei has woven the threads of her own quasi-mythical life into the stuff of history.
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Alki Zei qualifies as one of the most famous and beloved contemporary Greek authors. She was born in Athens in 1925. Her studies include philosophy, drama and scenario writing. She has lived an important part of her life as a political refugee in the Soviet Union and in Paris, until the reconstitution of the parliamentary republic in Greece in 1974.
The subjects of her books are mainly based on her personal experiences, conveying important events of the recent history of Greece. Her first novel, Wildcat under Glass, written in 1963, is nowadays classified among the world's classic literary works, also constituting a milestone in the history of Modern Greek literature for children. Alki Zei's books are published in many countries around the world; she has received various distinctions and awards, and continues to earn the admiration of a wide readership.
For more information about Alki Zei visit www.alkizei.comLanguage Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek
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