A Foreign Country

November 17, 2020|
A Foreign Country by Fotios Sarris
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Alex Doukas had big dreams, but at 45 his life is in ruins. Now he''s trying to make sense of his failure. His quest takes him past Mile End in the fifties, when young Greeks like his parents flocked to Montreal, back to war-torn Athens and a girl hiding under a bed. Then forward again, through the torments of youth, to flight from his immigrant ghetto - and the turbulent romance that leads to a violent unravelling, even as his parents spiral to their dooms.But if life is anguish, nobody else got the memo: not the old Greek men in their windbreakers trumpeting for Achilles, not the unstoppable force that is a Greek mother offering drinks to an unthirsty boy, not the supremely wise 10 year old with brothers as he lectures on female anatomy. Because Mile End doesn''t slow down for something as familiar as tragedy.A Foreign Country explores the burdens of history, the bonds of tribe and family, and the ferocious pull of love. And from one man''s tale of failure, something wondrous unfolds: a profound, moving, sometimes tragic, often hilarious, portrait of a family and panorama of an age.

Fotios Sarris was born in Montreal and grew up in the Mile End district. He did his undergraduate degree at Concordia while working as a stagehand in one of the last of the city''s burlesque theatres. After completing his doctorate at the University of Toronto, he joined the faculty of Ryerson University, where he is a lecturer in the ...
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Title:A Foreign Country
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:416 pages, 8.25 X 5.44 X 0.92 in
Shipping dimensions:416 pages, 8.25 X 5.44 X 0.92 in
Published:November 17, 2020
Publisher:Dumagrad Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781988887050

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