'A beguiling blend of autobiography and travel swirled into a portrait of a city and a meditation on Greekness' Daily Telegraph
Sofka Zinovieff trained as an anthropologist and has worked as a journalist. She lives in Athens. This is her first book.
"In 2001, Sofka Zinovieff accompanied her husband on a posting back to Athens. This book is both an account of her enthusiastic, if often balked, attempts to transform herself into a Greek, and a vivid evocation of a city in a chaotic ferment of change. In its lively and often trenchant blend of personal recollection and a depiction of an Athens of rowdy tavernas, resourceful refugees, majestic prostitutes, innumerable theater companies, ferocious demonstrations, and age-old customs affectionately preserved, this is a thoroughly engaging memoir."