The heroes of the latest novel by Ersi Sotiropoulou are two young people, Sid and Lia, who are brother and sister. It is in the context of their life or death that all the other characters in the book act. Lia is slowly dying in hospital where her body is being destroyed by an entirely new virus that acts in the opposite way to the HIV virus. Her brother Sid, out of work and without any particular aim in life, stands by her and accepts the rules that she applies to the game of her departure.
In the fast-paced, fragmented, cinematic tale, Ersi Sotiropoulou, with a playful mood but also a tender, human gaze, gives us a modern, visionary novel about the unrestrained modern world.
"Sotiropoulou does not dramatise the stories she narrates humour continually intrudes and represses any hint of the melodramatic rather she illuminates, with a harsh light, these simple everyday stories in which the need for dreams, for love and life is so strong that it feeds on the flesh of her heroes."
"A mosaic composed of stories of loneliness, violent desire, and an agonized search for a personal voice and affirmation. This is a gripping, painful story sprinkled with humour and melancholy, a story set at the end of the century. The heroes of Zigzag in the Bitter-orange Trees are Lia, who is slowly dying, muddled Sotiris who discovers love, Sid, who sits on the fence without participating, Nina, who is in revolt and an ugly black bird that talks. The characters move off in divergent directions. Sooner or later they meet up, all with one aim, the fierce demand for love. The pieces of the puzzle fall into place, the stories connect. Love brings its disappointment and friendship its betrayal."