Author(s): Vana Manasiadis
Part family exploration, part personal narrative, this haunting and delicate debut collection weaves the mythic into the everyday. Drawing on her Greek heritage, Vana Manasiadis has Icarus crashing in Wellington storm, Theseus as a DOC ranger, and her grandfather, grandmother and mother threading their way through times, places and incarnations. Exploring the ex patria feeling of 'being here and being there,' she sews together Greece and New Zealand to create a playful and deeply moving journey.
Vana Manasiadis was born in Wellington in 1973 and completed a Master of Arts in creative writing at Victoria University in 2005. In-between times she has taught classics, drama and English, and lived in Athens, Paris and Bologna. She currently resides in Crete.
Plexis Periplexis -- Hook for a Tale -- Nostalgic Nestor -- Historic Istor -- Etymological Kefte -- King of Mycenae -- Hectic Hector -- Talking Tectonics -- Son of Chaos -- Metamorphic Paris -- The Illuminated Chronicle of Constantine Manasses -- Properties -- Tsamiko -- Known Mansions -- The Rock -- Island Hoppers -- Shed by the Tree -- Icarus -- The Apocrypha, or Tapes of Penthos -- The Argonaut -- Shoebox -- Vaso's Chronicles -- Elegy -- Epistrophe -- Ithaca Island Bay Leaves -- Penelope the Mythic -- Sophocles' Workshop -- The Saloni -- The Front Line -- Wakefield Park -- The Sewing Room -- Dixon Street -- Lexicon, Found Inbetween.