Συγγραφέας: ΜΠΑΚΟΛΑΣ ΝΙΚΟΣ
Εκδοτικός οίκος: ΚΕΔΡΟΣ
Μετάφραση: CAROLINE HARBOURI
Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: 2000
THESSALONIKI: the crossroads between East and West... And in the turbulent, trouble- torn 20th century the city in which four lives cross, directly or indirectly...
Nikos Bakolas tells how ordinary men and women struggled to survive during a period of Greek history- roughly from the 1930s to the late 1940s- marked by oppression and violence and political polarities: the fascist dictatorship of Metaxas, the German Occupation, the Civil War.
Against this backgound Fotis, jack-of-all-trades and adventurer, Christos, struggling journalist, Yannis, ambiguous scion of a well-to-do family, and Angela, orphan refugee from Asia Minor,-as well as Fotis's son and Christos's three children -grow to maturity and taste both sweetness and pain. Interspersed between the chapters of this 20th century story is an imaginative and impressionistic recreation of a period of turbulence that occurred in Thessaloniki 600 years earlier- the Zealots' uprising of the 1340s. Characters, events and a bittersweet love story in the Middle Ages closely parallel those of the more recent past.
Finally, to complete this complex interweaving of history and fiction, the footnotes provide a third dimension: fact, in the form of personal memories. Crossroads describes a time of cruelty, suffering and violence, yet with its compassionate tone the novel is a quiet celebration of the courage and endurance of the human spirit.