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Dinner With Persephone

Dinner With Persephone

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Patricia Storace
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Publication date: 1998
  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Weight: 0.3 kg Note that the actual book cover may differ from the picture

This volume explores the complicated relationship between the idea of classical Greece and the messy, Mediterranean reality of a country unsure of its place in the world. Modern Greece is the strangest nation in Europe, insisting on its privileged place as the cradle of democracy, while offering a less-than-perfect form of democracy to its own minorities and its female population. This is the country that turned itself upside down over the adoption of the name of Macedonia by a former Yugoslav republic, as though Alexander the Great's nationality were a matter of extreme contemporary urgency. Patricia Storace begins by telling of her first day in Greece. She brings to bear on modern Greece a deep knowledge of the classics, of the Greek myths and of Greek Christianity. She is the author o f Heredity, a book of poems.