TALES

 

"Persephone's Tears"
Patakis, 1994
Illustration: Nicholas Andrikopoulos
ISBN: 960-360-104-7

Synopsis:
On an island of the Aegean, two children, Pantelis and Angela, discover the statue of Persephone. As the statue remains hidden, strange and unusual phenomena occur on the island.
           
The ancient myth is revived and once the Daughter is reunited with the Mother, all will return to normal and be peaceful again. Only the two children's lives will be different from now on. A whole new world opens up to them, a world filled with uncertainties, questions, joys and heartbeats.
           
This is a story that unfolds in an atmosphere in which the real merges with the fantastic, and the ancient myths are brought back to life in order to capture the hearts of all children.

Reviews:
"...This new book by multi-awarded Litsa Psarafti is addressed to children who are taking their first steps in the sacred and earth-shattering period of adolescence, a period that this author had repeatedly depicted with sensitivity and understanding.
           
It is with this same sensitivity and solicitude that Litsa Psarafti now gives us this sweet story that is reminiscent of a fairy-tale. Within the co-existing elements - the dreamlike and historical from the recent or distant past, traditions, teachings and oral histories and those from contemporary events - Psarafti provides us with the everyday life of a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly, and without any preparation, experiences the luminous and exciting moments that love at the dawn of our lives offers us.

...Litsa Psarafti's writing, always clear, concise and in control, here reaches new heights and is coloured by a secret joy and an inexpressible good fortune."
Eleni Sarantiti
Eleftherotypia Newspaper, 27/5/1994

"...In the particularly sensitive and difficult world of children's and youth literature, Litsa Psarafti has spent 15 years of conscientious work and dedication.

Using the first person narrative in this book, Litsa Psarafti brings the reader as near as possible to the responses and feelings of a twelve-year-old boy. At the same time, she inserts small, secondary incidents and adult accounts or memories in order to prove allusions to Mythology as well as actual historical events (both in ancient times and in recent years). In this way, she tweaks interest and piques the curiosity of the young reader, prompting him to seek out other sources and increasing his appetite in tracking down the past. And all this, while at the same time recreating the experiences, worries, questions and dilemmas of a child  preparing to step from childhood into adolescence. In this way, she harmoniously knits together an attempt at self-awareness, with the need to know more of the world - both old and new - in which our children move.

The result is an exceptionally pleasing piece of work that will charm its readers, and particularly those of a middle-school age."

Loty Petrovits-Androutsopoulou
Samian Review Magazine, May 1996

"...With this book, as she has done will all her work, Litsa Psarafti proves that she possesses one of the most important attributes that characterise authors of children's literature: the preservation of childhood. This is the attribute that bestows such authors with the title of "spiritual people"."
Diadromes, Issue 47, 1997

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