Two lady friends sit at a seaside tavern named "Melissa" (Bee) and ask the elderly tavernowner wherefore the tavern has been given this name. And so, a story dating back to 1930 begins to unfold, one of a stunning, almost outworldly beauty, Eleni. Melissa was named after the bees for she was sweet as mountain honey. Her body was like a honeycomb, dripping large drops of honey. She was as beautiful as a painting... This is a tale of passion, of love requited and lost, of human relationships, of sacrifice and fear. It is a novel filled with emotion and images of Greek island life.
By Kyriakos Athanasiadis. 448 pages. Paperback. Imported. Psichogios publications.