I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I could not put it down. It was poetic and detailed, and it flowed beautifully like a song. I will continue to recommend this book to family and friends. I was lucky enough to have read the book before it released and now I can’t wait to see it gain traction! -Amazon Review
In her much-anticipated debut novel in English, Greek author and world-class conductor Stamatia Karampini brilliantly unravels a mythological archetype against the backdrop of the modern classical music industry.
A unique and symbolic retelling of a Greek myth. A psychological jigsaw-puzzle; the final picture reveals the unexpected.
A six-year-old girl from Crete is frightened when she spots her own name inside a book of mythology: ARIADNE Despite being reassured it is just fiction, during the next thirty years, Ariadne’s life continuously reflects the myth—like the moon mirrored in a rain puddle on the asphalt. Her Ulyssean journey from Crete to Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Russian and the UK is marked by an immigrant’s infinite loneliness, the ebb and flow of memory, waves of passion, desire, regret, shame and yearning for an unrealized dream. All the while overt sexism obscures reality and gradually fragments her identity. Until one day in Stockholm, she crosses paths with a familiar soul: a fallen, self-exiled “Olympian god” in need of help.
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About the Author
Stamatia Karampini is a Greek author, actor and orchestra conductor. She is a graduate of the University of Theater and Music in Munich. As a conductor, she has collaborated with various key European orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the BBC Phil¬harmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, and the opera theaters in Berlin and in Frankfurt.
ARIADNE & DIONYSUS is Stamatia Karampini’s first novel.