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. Maud feels that the explanation for her husband Nikitas' death in a mysterious car crash lies in his family's troubled past. Nikiats' mother Antigone has returned to Athens after sixty years' exile in Russia, and has begun to reveal to Maud the reasons for her long exile and the enmity between her and her sister Alexandria.
Abridged by Sarah LeFanu
Reader: Ann Beach.