A wonderfully textured book by the prize-winning author Niki Marangou
This wonderfully textured book by the prize-winning author Niki Marangou is set in the turbulent world of pre-World War II Europe and Egypt.
In the 1920s, a young man from the sleepy town of Famagusta, Cyprus, sets off to study medicine in Vienna. Dazzled by the European way of life, as well as its music and science, George falls in love with an older Jewish woman as he bears witness to the rise of fascism.
George returns to Cyprus in 1940. A beautiful Greek woman named Kate becomes his assistant at work, and he is charmed by her. He does not want to get attached, however, so he sends her off to Alexandria, Egypt, where she lives through the "golden years" of the Greek community in Alexandria during the reign of King Farouk.
"In Niki Marangou's world," writes critic Alexis Zeras, "Eastern listlessness coexists with sensuality and the brilliant intellectuality of Western tradition."
From Famagusta to Vienna has been translated into German, Rumanian, Bulgarian, Arabic and a Turkish translation is also due.
Niki Marangou wrote this novel inspired by the story of her parents. "I had a lot of material, letters, etc., after they died and I thought of writing their story." She was fascinated by historical places.
Recently and with untold sorrow we said our last goodbye to Niki Marangou, who was not only an active and creative member of the Board of the Cyprus Pen Center, always keen to effectively carry out her responsibilities, but also a significant female personality of Cyprus, an author, a poet and an...
Heidi Trautmann - In memoriam Niki Marangou, poet, writer and artist… and Cypriot
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A friend and human being in the true sense of the word.
It is not so long ago that Niki and I had talked about Alexandria, about the places and streets we both had known, the special atmosphere of history and stories told and retold by her mother who had lived and worked...