Tess Fragoulis

Tess Fragoulis was born in Heraklion, Crete, and grew up in Montreal where she currently lives and writes.

She has written for television and newspapers, and has published widely in literary journals. Fragoulis' first book, a collection entitled Stories to Hide from Your Mother (Arsenal Pulp Press 1997) was nominated for the QSPELL First Book Award in 1998, and Ariadne's Dream was longlisted for the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.









368 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-894345-30-9
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Tess Fragoulis


Leaving her Montreal family and friends, Ariadne Hatzidakis returns to the land of her forebears — and a trap prepared for her by the old Greek gods. The lover they present her with is Death, in the guise of Yannis Vissinos, a musician whose only fidelity is to his "white bride," heroin.

The stages of Hell that we follow Ariadne through — the nightlife of Athens, the seasonal depravities of the love island, Nysas — are colourful, sexy, obsessive, and detailed with mordant wit. The odds are against Ariadne, but the gods are beginning to wish that they'd hedged their bets . . .

Stylish and elegant, Ariadne's Dream renders a lurid Greek landscape inhabited by striking and dangerous characters, entwined within the intensity of a nascent consciousness and a deeply-rooted living mythos.

  • Longlisted for the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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