Troubador Black Greek Coffee

Released: 28/11/2014

eISBN: 9781784627058

Format: eBook

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Black Greek Coffee


Want to see the darker side of Greek life? Black Greek Coffee is a collection of twenty-three short stories, most of them set in rural 20th century Greece. Laced with harrowing truths, these stories deal with the darker side of life in Greece – the domestic violence, male domination, superstition and ignorance, the strong influence of religion and suffocating traditions. Konstantina Sozou-Kyrkou paints a vivid picture of everyday life in a Greek village. Culture, landscape and traditions are a backdrop to the divisions, gaps and barriers that lie between people and their relationships. There is a prejudice and unjustified animosity that hangs in the air around them, dividing and troubling them… This series of short stories touches on themes of self-righteousness, religion, migration, chauvinism, illness, loss, death, war, superstition, honour and gender issues. Stories of the domestic, and occasionally reaching into the supernatural, they surprise, educate and challenge the reader’s intellect. Written from the author’s own experiences, whether she has witnessed events or met people who have faced the misunderstandings that take place in the book, Black Greek Coffee is an exciting read for any fans of powerful fiction with a sting in its tail.

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Konstantina Sozou-Kyrkou

I grew up in a small mountainous village in Western Greece. In 1985 I came to Athens to study Business Administration. I then studied for a Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English (RSA DOTE) and taught English at several language schools in Athens for over 12 years. Then I obtained a BA(Hons) in Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, UK. My short stories have appeared in the anthology 'Even Birds are Chained to the Sky' and in several online literary magazines such as The Wilderness House Literary Review, Wordsmith Journal Magazine, Tincture Journal Issue Three, The Missing Slate, Bareback Magazine and others. My story 'Freedom and Democracy' was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2014. 'Black Greek Coffee' is my first collection of short stories inspired by life in rural, 20th c. Greece. People's hardships, prejudices, fears and aspirations. I live in Athens with my husband and two riotous kids.

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