tin alli Patrida"
(For Their Other Country)
Ekdosis ton Filon, 1978. 2nd edition Patakis, 1986 - 29th edition 2018. 152 pp.
Zambelis and Anna Mendrinou
Somewhere, in today's world, in a country with
an imaginary name, which is under an illiberal regime,
there lives an old migrant family struggling to get away
and return to the land of their fathers, "their other
country" - a beautiful island, where people live
free. After a lot of bitter experiences, dangers and hardships,
the dream comes true. The family reaches the "other
country" and a new life is about to start. But the
dream lasts for a very short time. The island is being
attacked by an enemy and a second uprooting his the family.
"Although he is ten years old, the little hero
has already learnt what violence, oppression and war
mean, and thus, he will feel ready to fight together
with the children all around the world to build a new
world, a liberal, fair and peaceful one".
Dimitris Giakos, E SCHOLIKI MAS THEMATOTHIKI - 7th vol.,
"If only there had been and were read by young
people such well-written messages of peace and liberty."
Dimitris Manthopoulos, Drama, 2 March 1979
" A fabulous eulogy to the man who fights for a
free country, who goes to all lengths for justice and
peace among people, who feels love to surge up within
him for all the world, every single man, every single
creature on the earth. A sensational novel, full of
Christos Colios, PNEVMATIKI CYPROS (CYPRUS) magazine,
no 223 - April 1979
"Rough, impressive, cruel pictures of eviction,
given after powerful observation, vivid spiritual tension
of the heroes and great narrative power. Big moments
when life shows its worth in events of heroism and sacrifice.
The fight for freedom, peace, justice, for the values
that give meaning to life, it fascinates."
Ioannis G. Theoharis, PROINA NEA newspaper, Ioannina
- 14 March 1980
"The book is overrun by humanity and deep understanding
of the human fate. And its word being sharp, aglitter
and brave, in other words, real towards all directions."
V.D. Anagnostopoulos, TASIS KE EKSELIKSIS TIS PEDIKIS
LOGOTECHNIAS Oi Ekdoseis ton Filon Publications - 1982
"Somewhere in a land of fantasy there is an old
immigrant family suffering under an oppressive regime.
Finally the family is able to return to the island of
their ancestors. But the dream of happiness and freedom
lasts only for a short time. The island is
attacked by enemy forces and the family has to free
again. Yet none despair. The protagonist of the novel,
who at the age of ten has suffered greatly under violence,
oppression and war, feels strong enough to flight for
a world of freedom, justice and peace. The novel is
based on real facts which the author has skillfully
adapted for her story."
THE WHITE RAVENS 1987
International Youth Library, Munich