The daughter of a good family from Athens, Roza was born a rebellious, wild red-haired girl. Many attributed her insubordinate personality to the fact that she had been brought up too liberally, with a mother closed up inside her own world and her father a superficial bon viveur. The young woman sends ripples of shock through her family when, in the summer of 1914, she falls in love with Harry, a poor student of medicine from the until recently Turkish-occupied regions of Macedonia. On the brink of World War I and as political strife divides the entire country, Roza takes on the ideology of the Venizelos campaign, defying her royal loyalties, and thus acquiring the ironic nickname: “the Turk’s mistress”. The life of a daring and special woman who lived during the turbulent times of National Discord and the years following it, who didn’t hesitate to renounce her privileged social position and to go against the dominant ethics, following her heart…
By Sophie Theodoridou. 544 pages. Paperback. Imported. Psichogios publications.