Sofka Zinovieff's novel about an Englishwoman's quest to find out the origins of the bitter feud that has split her dead husband's family is set in contemporary Athens, but takes us back to the tragic events of the Greek Civil War in the 1940s. When Nikitas is killed in a mysterious car crash, his English widow Maud meets for the first time his mother Antigone, who has returned from Russia after sixty years' of exile from Athens. Antigone is slowly beginning to reveal to Maud the events which broke her family apart.
Abridged by Sarah LeFanu
Readers: Lucy Briers and Ann Beach
Producer: Sara Davies.