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Want to see the darker side of Greek life?

Black Greek Coffee is a collection of twenty-three short stories, most of them set in rural 20th century Greece. Laced with harrowing truths, these stories deal with the darker side of life in Greece – the domestic violence, male domination, superstition and ignorance, the strong influence of religion and suffocating traditions.

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Paperback, Portrait, 192 pages
Published November 28th 2014 by Troubador Publishing LTD (first published September 17th 2014)
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Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
I was not fond of the writing style in this book, in particular the way the story bounced between past and present tense and lapsed into unbroken dialogue a lot. But, once I got used to the style, I liked the story well enough, and it was interesting to read about modern Greek culture. I especially liked the bits where the protagonist is addressing gender and how women are/were undervalued, and how that affected her.

I would rate this book higher than 3 stars if we had partial stars here, but wh
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Maria Beltrami
Mar 09, 2016 Maria Beltrami rated it really liked it
A face a race, says the adage that equates Italians and Greeks, and yet, at least for me, this is a completely unknown Greece, a myth like those that gave rise to the many tragedies that the ancient world has bequeathed to us. A steely machismo that believes women responsible for any misfortune, and to women imposes a state of humiliating dependence. Men almost caricatural in rejecting, in the name of his own masculinity, to cut their mustache to eliminate lice taken in war, and that require ...more
Katie
Jan 08, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
A fascinating collection of short stories revolving around one small village outside of Athens. The dates are not specifically dated in the stories, but you get a sense of reading stories from different generations where some stories remark on characters from before, but they are older. The stories focus on the darker side of life among modern-day Greek people. It portrays an image that is not completely unlike other cultures. The people are religious, superstitious, patriarchal, and have ...more
Gail Kirkpatrick
Mar 12, 2015 Gail Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it
Black Greek Coffee by Konstantina Sozou-Kyrkou

The characters and themes of the short story collection Black Greek Coffee by Konstantina Sozou-Kyrkou at times seem to be summed up by the words of the story ‘A Second Chance.’ They are like a ‘map of converging clashing lines, whose ends never meet.’ These are complex, mythical, often fairy-tale renderings that touch the heart without sentimentality.

A skillful story-teller, drawing on biographical details of Greek village life, Konstantina leaves
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Annice22
Borrowed from Publisher/NetGalley for an honest review.

I thought the short stories in this book were very interesting and very well-written. The author wrote about everyday and sometimes harsh life of people living in small Greek towns and villages.
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Konstantina Sozou-Kyrkou was born in a small mountainous village in Western Greece. She travelled to Athens to study in 1985 and has been living there since then with her husband and two children. She holds a BA(Hons) in Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. One of her stories has appeared in the anthology Even Birds are Chained to the Sky and many more have been ...more
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