Alexandria at the beginning of the twentieth century danced a dance with rules that the Alexandrians knew only too well. Somewhere behind the curtains of its society, its stories and its people, History took to the floor, waltzing in with two world wars, national strife in the Mediterranean, the fall of naval empires and the rise of nationalism. Against this setting, we follow a Greek tobacco-business family living its own small miracle. Stories of trade, of politics, of love and espionage. Every man of the diaspora has a story of his own, a story s/he is anxious to tell, while always withholding a tiny little secret of her/his own. From Istanbul to Marseille, from Paris to Vienna, cosmopolitan life gives a performance all of its own. There comes a time, however, when the lights fall on Alexandria and the city slowly but steadily begins to enter the darkness of decadence…
By Dimitris Stefanakis. 736 pages. Paperback. Imported. Psichogios publications.