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Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece (1996)

by Patricia Storace

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This is one of the most insightful books that I have read about modern Greece and its conflicted relationship to the past. Storace is sensitive to the complicated gender roles of Greece and the continuing evolution of Orthodoxy as Greece attempts to assert itself in the West. Though Storace lived in Athens in the '90s, her book continues to be relevant and offers some perspective on the current political and economic turmoil in Greece. If you are planning on visiting Greece or are simply looking for a beautifully written travelogue of an intriguing place (Storace is a poet and it shows in her prose), then I would definitely recommend this book. ( )
  danibrecher | Jun 24, 2011 |
This was recommended reading for an upcoming trip to Greece. It was an interesting glimpse into Greek culture; some chapters, like the beginning and the one about the children's book author, were more compelling than others. ( )
  bobbieharv | Aug 5, 2009 |
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For many, Greece is a land lost in time. It conjures up images of the looming Parthenon with its pillars of marble and the timeless whitewashed buildings of its parched islands glinting against a backdrop of the crystal blue Mediterranean. But ask about contemporary Greece and most people draw a blank. In Dinner with Persephone, poet Patricia Storace does a compelling job of filling in this empty canvas. She conjures a country where history and modernity coexist in often surprising ways, and with the past as an ineluctable backdrop, Storace paints in the everyday details that bring the country and its people vividly to life.

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"I lived in Athens, at the intersection of a prostitute and a saint." So begins this astonishing memoir of fantastical peregrinations throughout Greece. Dinner with Persephone is an indelible masterwork about a place and a people whose culture has influenced us all. With great smartness of style, winning detail, and infectious humor, acclaimed poet and essayist Patricia Storace magically conjures up noisy, anarchic cities and quiet, idyllic towns and harbors, where the unseen worlds of the past - the Roman, the Byzantine, the Ottoman - continue to make their presence felt. She evokes with sympathy and irony the social mores and religious customs and rites of a highly varied and paradoxical people who contentiously affirm their legacy as Greeks but suffer at the same time from profound xenomania - a people fascinated by the dual nature of all things: the transsexual, the biracial, the mother/whore.… (more)

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