Three women, each following a different path - or perhaps, unbeknown to themselves, the same one - meet in 1922 in Thessaloniki. Soumela, from the Pontus, and Veronique, from Armenia, both carry their own personal drama and the weight of the genocide of their countrymen on their shoulders. Jasmine, from Thrace, on the other, arrives in Thessaloniki carrying, in her womb, the unborn child of her Turkish rapist. The Occupation and Civil War leave new searing marks on Jasmine’s life, awakening feelings of guilt regarding secrets that she never uttered. Will she allow life make decisions for her or will she manage to change things? What will happen when, years later, she decides to let out the skeletons and demons of the closet of her soul? The novel is a journey of traumas and wounds, secrets, loves and passions, absences and meetings determined by history and fate. It is a tale in which events and situations overturn the lives of the heroes and created opportunities and outlets so they may escape from the spiral into which they have been thrown.
By Eleftheria Chatzopoulou. 544 pages. Paperback. Imported. Psichogios publications.