She may have lost her memory, but she hasn’t forgotten how to cook. In the kitchen of a neighbourhood taverna, amid the aromas of spices and recipes for dishes that nobody remembers, the heroine attempts to reconstruct her past. Though Evgenia Fakinou’s new novel contains a definite autobiographical element, the author deliberately blends the real with the imaginary, peopling her story with a large cast of characters drawn from everyday life. Playing out in the world of flavours and memories, To See the Sea deals with a past that has been lost but can nevertheless be recalled and relived. Fakinou espouses an affirmative approach to life’s trials, the conviction that with effort and concentration we can regain lost time. In this book the good life is presented not as a question of luxury and nouveau riche affectation, but as a firm belief in the values of mental balance and integrity.
(Ithaca Online, www.ekebi.gr)