Κοινωνικό δίκτυο της Πάρου και Αντιπάρου
Available in Paroikia from Anagenissi ("News Stand") near Church of One Hundred Doors; in Naoussa from Paria Lexis for 16 Euro; in North America from: Archilochus Press, Box 1483, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 32459 U.S.A., or <Archilochuspress@yahoo.com> $19.95 plus s&h. Softbound 367 pages Cover art by Brett Taylor, founder of The Aegean School of Fine Arts, Paros.
~Sailing aboard Pandora, from Crete to Athens, Andy Alytis falls in with a group of seven back-packers on their way to climb Mt. Olympus.
Mid-course the ferry is forced to take refuge on Yria, an obscure island where Santorini's fulminating volcano lights up the south horizon.
Determined to reach Olympus "by full-moon", the seven travelers venture ashore by day, scouting Yria for alternate ways to the mainland. By night they carouse fitfully in the ferry's close quarters, until Andy introduces them to his onshore discovery: Dinosaki's cafenion! Moreover, he has met Sophia within: a gouty expatriate; ex-astrology-columnist, who consents to divine the travelers' fortunes.
Every evening, in the cafenion, one of the vagabonds plays a song on the ancient jukebox in the corner. Sophia translates the lyrics, "channeling for the jukebox, mind you" and warranting that each tale will contain a truth recognized by the player only.
Thus, is spun, out of Sophia's interpretations, seven quirky, dark "songs", redolent with sardonic humor; haunted by ghosts of Dionysian Greece.
Between songs, looking through the cafenion window, Andy Alytis sees that Santorini inflames more of the horizon with every passing night.
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