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Zigzag through the Bitter Orange Trees was published in Greece in 2000, where it was acclaimed as "the best novel of the decade" and became the first novel to win both the Greek State Prize for Literature and the prestigious Book Critics' Award. In Zigzag through the Bitter Orange Trees we enter the lives of four young people in modern Greece: Lia, ailing in the hospital o ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Clockroot Books (first published 1999)
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Panos
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πρώτη επαφή με τη Σωτηροπούλου. Θετικό το πρόσημο, αξιοπρεπές ανάγνωσμα, διαβάζεται εύκολα, χωρίς όμως να υπάρχει κάτι που με ενθουσίασε. Δεν εντόπισα κάποιο στοιχείο –είτε τεχνοτροπικό, είτε στον χειρισμό της πλοκής- που να παρουσιάζει αξιοσημείωτο ενδιαφέρον· με μια εξαίρεση: την αναφορά στην υποταγή του ήρωα στις ανάγκες της πλοκής. Στα δύο σχετικά χωρία, είναι σαν να γίνεται ένα σχόλιο ποιητικής, μια μεταμυθοπλαστική νύξη.

Από τους χαρακτήρες, ξεχώρισα περισσότερο τη Νίνα, που διαρκώς διερωτά
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Cxr
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gioventù (s)perduta

Nonostante La collana in cui l’editore italiano ha scelto di pubblicare il libro e la copertina che richiama la letteratura romantica per donne sole, qusto è un romanzo che di romantico non ha nulla. La storia, narrata rigorosamente al presente racconta l’estate di quattro ragazzi: Lia, ricoverata nella corsia di un ospedale, Sid il fratello di Lia, Sotiris, uno degli infermieri di Lia, e Nina un’adolescente in vacanza al mare.
Il racconto procede per fermi immagine narrativ
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Manuela
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probabilmente l'unico libro che abbia mai letto che non è riuscito a darmi proprio niente. Non ho trovato alcun senso né nelle vicende, né nei personaggi. Trovo che l'unica cosa positiva sia la bella ambientazione greca. ...more
Marc
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The author, Ersi Sotiropoulos (Έρση Σωτηροπούλου), is generally regarded as modern Greek poet. Her care in the use of words is apparent in this novel and, using words, she has constructed a puzzle. We generally dump a puzzle out of its box onto a table. The pieces are all jumbled up with some face down, and little, if anything seeming to fit with other pieces. As you zigzag through the pieces you spot some plausible, and then likely parts that fit together. Often you complete the outside edge fi ...more
Natasa
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Κι έρχεται η Έρση και σου πετάει τα κομμάτια στο πάτωμα και σου λέει «φτιάξτο τώρα». Χωρίς εικόνα, χωρίς οδηγίες, χωρίς τίποτα. Μόνο δυο λέξεις σου λέει: ζιγκ, ζαγκ. Σαν αυτά που κάνει η ζωή, σαν αυτά που κάνουν οι άνθρωποι για να γλιτώσουν όταν τους κυνηγάνε, σαν αυτά που κάνεις όταν ζαλίζεσαι απ’ το ποτό, αλλά κι όταν δεν ζαλίζεσαι αλλά δε θες να δεις την πραγματικότητα.
Δεν πρέπει να πω και πολλά για τους ήρωες και την πλοκή, γιατί είναι τέτοια η δομή που αν δεν την ανακαλύψεις σιγά σιγά χάνε
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Luisa... Per aspera ad astra ♥
MAH

Insulso, piatto, inutile. Ma stavolta non mi dilungo!

"Una voce nuova, originale, melodiosa e penetrante, intrigante e inquietante, con cui ci si deve confrontare."

"Bello, evocativo, profondamente commovente."

"Un gioco di equilibri e forze centrifughe. Vite sconclusionate. Continua ricerca d'amore. Sesso. Erotismo. Un'opera innovativa, quasi rivoluzionaria."

"Ersi Sotiropoulos dimostra di avere le capacità di una grande scrittrice."

Ma perchè queste affermazioni (scandalose peraltro) non concord
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Kostas Terzanidis
Στην αρχή σκέφτηκα να το παρατήσω. Αρκετές φορές... Με ενόχλησε ο μικροπερίοδος λόγος, οι μη ρεαλιστικοί διάλογοι, οι "φευγάτοι" χαρακτήρες. Θα έβαζα μόνο 1 αστεράκι, θα έγραφα αρνητική κριτική τύπου "Φταίω εγώ που είμαι προκατειλημμένος με τις γυναίκες συγγραφείς;"...
Έλα όμως που δε μου έκανε καρδιά να το αφήσω! Από τα μισά και μετά, τα πρόσωπα σχετίστηκαν μετάξύ τους με αριστοτεχνικό τρόπο που θύμιζε κάποιες φορές θρίλερ.
Τελικά η Έρση Σωτηροπούλου είναι μια ιδιάζουσα περίπτωση... Αξιοπρόσεχτ
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Quinn da Matta
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was desperate to like this book, but I could not connect to anything, or anyone, on any of the pages. The writing is solid, but it lacks the poetic beauty of her later work.
Katy
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un mundo absurdo y doloroso, violento y terrible se pasea entre naranjos amargos para despedir un tiempo caduco.



Una niña que se rebela, una mujer que se muere, un hombre que se enamora, otro que hace acrobacias, un pájaro negro que habla. Personajes que vagan, radialmente, en distintas direcciones, pero que, de manera inapreciable, enredados en la airada búsqueda del amor, en el desengaño, el abandono y la traición, van convergiendo como piezas de un puzzle.



Las fronteras se desdibujan, las his
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Lynne Favreau
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the first of Greek writer Sotiropoulos’s books to be translated into English. She weaves four stories together through chance meetings, revenge and coincidence. The characters are young adults, including a sister who is dying and her drifting brother, her male nurse, and an adolescent from his hometown. Their stories are alternately dark, sad, and funny. I found the writer’s sometimes lyrical quality easy to read with touches of the Greek culture shining through. It didn’t have a particu ...more
Parthena
I got what I wanted: a book written in Greece by a Greek. Zigzag Through the Bitter-Orange Trees allowed me to venture into Greek culture and enjoy some interesting reading.

However, I spent most of my time being confused and frustrated by this little book.

There are parts in it that just seem to be thrown in. And there are many disconnected, disturbing incidents that I feel were unnecessary.

I unfortunately do not recommend this book. I feel it was mostly well written. There was some lovely pro
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Laura
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sarà ke ultimamente non riesco a trovare nulla ke mi soddisfi, ma anche questo romanzo non mi ha detto molto..si,carine le ambientazioni greche, ma le arance mi davano idea di calore che qui non ho affatto visto..le storie basate su begli spunti ma nessuno colto e trattato fino alla fine ma solamente accennato..idee bittate lì che fan sembrare alcune cose decisamente superflue..sinceramente mi è sembrato senza capo nè coda!
Debora
Apr 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've bought it because of superlative reviews in magazines. Unfortunately I didn't appreciate characters' strangeness and the stories a little bit crazy.. ...more
Giuseppe
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Non male..si legge velocemente!!
Emily
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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my 27th birthday present to myself.
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