Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium

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A deep-seated questioning of her inherited religion resurfaces when Myrna Kostash chances upon the icon of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica. A historical, cultural and spiritual odyssey that begins in Edmonton, ranges around the Balkans, and plunges into a renewed vision of Byzantium in search of the Great Saint of the East delivers the author to an unexpected place—the threshold of her childhood church. An epic work of travel memoir, Prodigal Daughter sings with immediacy and depth, rewarding readers with a ...
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Overview

A deep-seated questioning of her inherited religion resurfaces when Myrna Kostash chances upon the icon of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica. A historical, cultural and spiritual odyssey that begins in Edmonton, ranges around the Balkans, and plunges into a renewed vision of Byzantium in search of the Great Saint of the East delivers the author to an unexpected place—the threshold of her childhood church. An epic work of travel memoir, Prodigal Daughter sings with immediacy and depth, rewarding readers with a profound sense of an adventure they have lived. This book will appeal to readers interested in Ukrainian-Canadian culture, the Eastern Church, and medieval history, as well as to fans of Kostash's bold creative nonfiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888645340
  • Publisher: University of Alberta Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Series: Wayfarer Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Myrna Kostash's creative nonfiction continues to define and push the limits of the genre. Since the publication of All of Baba's Children in 1977, she has been a strong voice in depicting the Ukrainian-Canadian experience and its roots in European history. Her award-winning memoirs, essays, and other writing, along with her avid participation in the literary community, have garnered Kostash popular and critical acclaim at home and abroad. Most recently, she won the 2010 Writers' Trust Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. She lives in Edmonton.
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Table of Contents

Part One Demetrius among the Slays 1

Map 2

Prologue 3

Byzantium on the Prairies 22

Hiking for Demetrius 30

Mother Thessaloniki 37

Miracles on the Ramparts 47

History is the Dogma of Scars 52

Demetrius among the Macedonians 62

Demetrius among the Serbs 81

Emetrius among the Bulgarians 94

Who is He Killing? 107

Letting Go 124

Lord, have Mercy 134

Return to Canada 137

Part Two Demetrius in Byzantium 141

Interlude 142

Opening: The Mad Professor of Sirmium 151

Slays in Byzantium 158

The Byzantine Saint 182

The Guardian Saint 212

The Passion of Demetrius 240

The Life and Death of St. Demetrius, a Young Man of Thessalonica, April 304 (Two Versions) 262

Epilogue 275

Acknowledgements 277

Notes 281

Bibliography and Recommended Reading 299

Index 315

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