Census by Panos Ioannides

IMG_6132Set in Spilia, Cyprus. Reviewed on 2017/08: https://www.instagram.com/p/BX1vVnnhyWn/

This was a strange book. Strange in the sense of #metaphysicalstrange. Because it is hailed as one of the best #cypriot novels in the last century, I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt in terms of some local religious issues that I might have missed. Overall I thought the book was OK. #ioannides tries to intertwine the West feeling guilty about all the evils of the planet with a small village in #cyprusand its own traditional and religious prejudices. And to some extent the allegory works. But again I can’t help to think that there might be other #greek Cypriot nuances that I’m missing. The one great thing is the use of preservation and conservation work as an allegory to uncovering our deepest secrets. Several scenes refer to this while they manage to restore some frescoes to their previous glory. However there was still a lot going on the realm of spiritual and religious topics, at least for my taste. #census#panosioannides #spilia #kourdali#historical #conservation #preservation#Ιωαννίδης #Κύπρος #Απογραφή #Σπήλια#cypriotliterature #nicosia #armida#Λευκωσία

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