Back to Delphi

Back to Delphi

by Ioanna Karystiani


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A mother’s brief reunion with her imprisoned son is saturated in both love and menace in this complex and compelling novel.

Linus has been granted a five-day furlough from prison, where he is serving a life sentence for murder. His mother has decided to take him to Delphi. A few days spent in that magical place, she thinks, might distract him from his awful fate. She also hopes this brief time together might be a chance for them to repair what has become a damaged relationship. To that end, she has a difficult revelation to share with her son: ten years earlier, it was she who led the police to him; she is responsible for his arrest and imprisonment.
Over the course of five days, as mother and son wander the magnificent ruins of Delphi, matters concerning Linus’s childhood that have been buried for decades resurface. This is a return to the origins of Greek tragedy, a story about guilt and innocence, about the monsters that lurk even in everyday life, and about the complex and fascinating relationship between mothers and their sons.

“One can not stop reading until the end.”—L’Espresso

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609450908
Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ioanna Karystiani was born on the island of Crete, Greece, & now lives in Athens. Her literary debut came with the collection of short stories, I kyria Kataki (Ms. Kataki). She has since written three novels, all of which have been translated into several languages.

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"The divine Ioanna Karystiani is the great hope for Greek fiction" —The Guardian (London)

"Grim yet gorgeous, [The Jasmine Isle] is a modern Greek tragedy about love foredoomed, family life as battlefield, the wisdom and wantonness of the human heart and the implacable finality of the hand of fate." —Kirkus Reviews

"One can not stop reading until the end of [Back to Delphi] that expresses the inexpressible." —Maria Simonetti, L'ESPRESSO

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