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  • Brandy Sour

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Brandy Sour

by Constantia Soteriou.

Translated from Greek by Lina Protopapa.

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  • Paperback published on 04/06/2024
  • Page count: 150 pages
  • ISBN: 9781738446308
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When it was built in the 1950s, nothing symbolised Cyprus entering the modern world like the Ledra Palace Hotel. In Constantia Soteriou’s jewel of a novella, the ambitions and shortcomings of the island’s turbulent twentieth century are played out among its occupants. Among them we meet the king in exile who needs to drown his sorrows with a drink disguised to look like tea; the porter who, among the English roses of the hotel's gardens, secretly plants a rose from his village to make his rosebud infusions with; the UN officer who drinks lemonade to deal with the heat and the lies; and the cleaning lady who always carries her holy water with her. They are reluctant actors in history, evocatively captured in this moving, personal, and highly original portrait of civil strife and division. 

Brandy Sour won the 2023 National Book Prize in Cyprus and Constantia Soteriou won the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

About the author

Constantia Soteriou is a writer from Cyprus and born in Nicosia in 1975. Her novels ‘Aishe Goes on Vacation’ and ‘Voices Made of Soil’ were shortlisted for the Greek and Cypriot National Book Awards.

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