Sofka Zinovieff's novel is set in contemporary Athens, but the story it tells goes back to the bitter political divisions of the Greek Civil War. When Maud's Greek husband Nikitas dies in a mysterious car crash, his mother Antigone returns from Moscow, where she has been living in exile for nearly sixty years after abandoning Nikitas as a small child. Maud has become anxious to know more about her husband's troubled family history, and has decided that Antigone holds the key.
Abridged by Sarah LeFanu
Readers: Lucy Briers and Ann Beach
Producer: Sara Davies.