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Planet Prespa

Planet Prespa



Sofia Nikolaidou

Kedros Publishers, 2002
333 p.
ISBN 960-04-2066-1, ISBN-13 978-960-04-2066-1, [In Print]
Price € 15,28

Evdokia is an archaeologist, working on a major excavation at Prespa. There she finds an ivory comb depicting a woman with the same name as her own, who reigned over the Prespa area in the eleventh century. As she continues her research to find out who owned the comb, the archaeologist realizes that she herself may be a distant relative of a Byzantine noblewoman called Evdokia. Three men court the archeologist, and with one of them, the conductor of the local brass band, she has a child. Evdokia feels that this man was the lover of her distant relative, and is wandering down the ages, trying to find the noblewoman Evdokia once more. This strange, timeless love story is related by a microbe which Evdokia is carrying without her knowledge. Through the microbe’s playful narration, the reader enjoys scenes of dancing, parties, Byzantine machinations, erotic intrigues, ruthless battles and uprisings in Prespa during the Byzantine era, what goes on behind the scenes in contemporary academia, with academic backstabbing. The book combines stirring love scenes with comic moments. It brings to life the atmosphere of Byzantium in Prespa, and conveys contemporary life in animated fashion. Full of emotion and suspense, this novel has the pace of a film. A helpful appendix lists all the characters.

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