Dinner With Persephone

Dinner With Persephone

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"I lived in Athens, at the intersection of a prostitute and a saint." So begins Patricia Storace's astonishing memoir of her year in Greece. Mixing affection with detachment, rapture with clarity, this American poet perfectly evokes a country delicately balanced between East and West. Whether she is interpreting Hellenic dream books, pop songs, and soap operas, describing breathtakingly beautiful beaches and archaic villages, or braving the crush at a saint's tomb, Storace, winner of the Whiting Award, rewards the reader with informed and sensual insights into Greece's soul. She sees how the country's pride in its past coexists with profound doubts about its place in the modern world. She discovers a world in which past and present engage in a passionate dialogue.
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ISBN: 9780307765338
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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 09, 2014

A natural follow-up after reading Homer in Denby's Great Books, for the Greeks today are a product of their ancient magnificence. With a poet's eye, lush language and a humerous touch, Storace recounts her year in Greece with friends and strangers -- all still steeped in religion, superstition, ancient rites, pride and machismo, but with a great capacity for life and conviviality.

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