368 pages/trade paper

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Ariadne's Dream

ISBN: 978-1-894345-30-9


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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