the haunting story of an extraordinary woman in Greece during WW2
by Irena Karafilly
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Pub Date 15 Mar 2023 | Archive Date Not set
‘Hard to put this book down’ Sofka Zinovieff
‘An epic, page turning story, of longing and bravery... a must read’ Nadia Marks
Calliope Adham – young, strong-willed, and recently widowed – is schoolmistress in the village of Molyvos when Hitler’s army invades Greece in 1941. Well-read and linguistically gifted, she is recruited by the Germans to act as their liaison officer. It is the beginning of a personal and national saga that will last for several decades.
Calliope’s wartime duties bring her into close contact with Lieutenant Lorenz Umbreit, the Wehrmacht commander. The schoolmistress is an active member of the Greek Resistance, yet her friendship with the German blossoms against all odds, in a fishing village seething with dread and suspicion.
Amid privation and death, the villagers’ hostility finally erupts, but the bond between Calliope and Umbreit survives, taking unforeseeable turns as Greece is ravaged by civil war and oppressed by military dictatorship. It is against this turbulent background that Calliope emerges as a champion for girls' and women's rights.
Arrested Song is a haunting, sumptuous novel, weaving the private and the historic into a vivid tapestry of Greek island life. Spanning over three decades, it chronicles the story of an extraordinary woman and her lifelong struggle against social and political tyranny.
‘Compelling’ Dean Kalimniou
‘Wonderful’ Anna Porter
‘Beautifully written’ Carol P Christ
‘One of the best novels I’ve read about modern Greece... a truly original work’ Diana Farr Louis
‘I savoured every word’ Peter Barber
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