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"I prophitia tou kokkinou krasiou (Τhe Red Wine Prophecy)"
Patakis, 2008, 6th edition 2016. 306 pp.
ISBN: 978-960-16-3028-1
Distinction: IBBY Greece Award, 2009. Shortlisted for the DIAVAZO Magazine Award, 2009, State prize 2009.

Summary:
Seventeenth-year old Olga, being hurt because of her boyfriend’s indifference, she follows her father on an excursion to Meleniko, the legendary Byzantine city that now belongs to Bulgaria, named Melnik. There, her acquaintance with Pavlos, a young university student, initiates an exciting journey to the past of Meleniko and her ancestors’ life there from the beginning of the 19th century till the Balkan Wars when thousands of Greeks left the place as refugees. Together with Pavlos, she explores Meliniko as it is today; she meets a “prophet” – a strange old man – and clears up her emotions. This excursion also signals the beginning of a new love.


Reviews:

“… This novel draws up historical memories about people, events and cities – mostly focusing on Meleniko – which are all closely interwoven with our own days. The authoress masterly manages a two-level narration – the one completing the other – referring both to the past and the present. The alternation among different narrators renders a particularly interesting story telling, while it also offers a variety of styles. It is obvious that the authoress needed a lot of time, thorough research and evidence so as to “tame” the mass of facts and information collected. The result fully justifies her efforts.” 
V.D. Anagnostopoulos, Professor, University of Thessaly
From the book Penelope’s Weavingdiachronic readings for Loty Petrovits-Andrutsopulou’s works and personality. Word and Culture Laboratory, University of Thessaly: Volos 2008, pp. 203-205

“Loty Petrovits is uniquely gifted having the ability to approach and stir young and older people’s emotions. The Red Wine Prophecy has accumulated the virtues of all her works: immediacy in narration, discernment and simplicity on the rendering of characters as well as mastery in “marrying” the present to the past.”  
Tassos Bengos, philologist-historian
Ex Vice-President of the Historic and Folklore Association, Serres-Meleniko
From the book Penelope’s Weaving, p. 207

“… A rich plot as far as characters, facts and situations are concerned… The third-person narration is emotionally charged in a sober, however, manner… The way the authoress “moves” within the fictional word has equipped her with such potentials so as to “transfer” historical facts and evidence with unique narration skills. … The novel is driven by a contemporary intercultural syllogism. It is classified within the genre of historical novels which have elements from the so-called evolutionary novel (Bildungsroman) based on a common cosmic theory foundation of the anti-war and intercultural component –elements that instill the novel in a dialectic way giving to it a diachronic timeliness and helping it interpret the reality within its national and international sociopolitical frame… Books as The Red Wine Prophecy are thought to be invaluable pieces of literature both because of their advanced aesthetics as well as because of the objective way they deal with historical facts that should not be considered as museum “exhibits”, but they bear the dynamics of a flowing reality.” 
Yiannis S. Papadatos, critic, Lecturer, University of Aegean

“…A novel of historical, social, contemporary content… a novel written in a masterly way! An imaginary – or real journey – to the place where the heroes’ ancestors lived gives the awarded authoress to create a lively and interesting story, to recreate the steps of a family, her own family, and of a city, Meleniko. Seeking for a strange family heirloom, today’s heroes meet their ancestors and discover parts of the area’s history that had been hushed. A literature book of real quality.”
Mariza de Castro
TA NEA newspaper, Weekend issue 13-14 December 2008.      

“We often learn about events of History – some of which could have remained unknown to us – from historical novels. However, when it happens that the author of the historical novel is an experienced and awarded one such as Loty Petrovits, the reader can be benefited twice. He/she can enjoy the nice way of writing as well as the vivid emotions and the countless charming pictures. In “The red wine prophecy”, the authoress’ most recent novel, Neuger and his daughter travel to Meleniko so as to find the Three-headed Triad, an icon – heirloom of Christomanos’ family. Meleniko, a well-known city because of its progress on trade and arts from the very old years of Byzantium, was destroyed during the Balkan Wars and was given to Bulgaria. During the unfolding of the novel events, we learn about the history of well-known families of this city, such us the Christomanos and Petrovits families; however, the authoress created imaginary characters as well. It is through the history of these families that the authoress unfolds events of the recent Greek History that both old and young people sometimes ignore… Writing such a book is a deed; the material that Loty Petrovits needed to work out was enormous, but she managed to handle so as to end up with a historical novel that is not tiring at all but it can be read with great interest due to its faultless technique, the authoress’ maturity and objectivity towards real events.”
Eleni Sarantini
ELEFTHEROTYPIA (Vivliothiki inset, p. 23) 19 Dec. 2008             

“…An excellent book that displays all the elements of good-quality literature, a growingly rare genre… Perfect as far as its structure and plot are concerned, harmoniously blending history with imagination. The reader… is allowed to “get drunk” with the red wine of fiction being benefited twice. He/she has enjoyed a historical novel that is also full of the most authentic taste of fiction.”
Tassoula Tsilimeni
Professor Assistant, University of Thessaly

“…A balanced interlace of history and fiction that is the fundamental criterion of the value of a historical novel…. It is obvious that the focal point of the novel is Meleniko, a place that its historical significance is given in a unique way. However, a number of other equally important events of the 19th and 20th century about the history of Macedonia and the rest of Greece are unfolded through this book… The novel is diffused by the disasters that Meleniko underwent, but there is not the slightest trace of any sense of nationalism or chauvinism that usually sets off war fights. The straight-out conviction of the war as well as the pointing out of the need of peaceful coexistence of the two nations – mainly of those nations who live on the much-afflicted Balkan peninsula – are the two nodal points made throughout the ideological content of the book; these two points completely correspond to the sensitivities of contemporary Greeks, who have been tired and exhausted by the wars of the past as well as the unfathomable hatred and the unfamiliar fierceness that they experience on a daily basis as all the people of our era.  However – despite the civility of the ideological orientation throughout the novel – the authoress appears to be a particularly down-to-earth person that is not drifted by partialities, but has a critical point of view. Thus, I would not hesitate to support the view that The red wine prophecy is a mixture of idealism and realism, the result of the experiences of a whole life; of assiduous and long-lasting historical survey as well as of intense working-out of the writing technique.”
Heracles Kallergis
Professor Emeritus, University of Patra
9 March 2009             

“… The two levels of narration complete each other, linking the past to the present. The alteration of narrators makes the recital of historic events extremely interesting, while it also offers a variety of tone. The language is fluid: simple when narrating historic events, but lively and colourful in dialogues; poetical in description, but succinct when voicing indirect judgements. The author conveys the historic events in a unique way, while her novel is also inspired by contemporary intercultural thinking.”
The White Ravens, 2009 – International Jugendbibliothek


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