Sofka Zinovieff was born in London, has Russian ancestry and has lived in Greece for many years. Her latest book “Putney” is an explosive and thought-provoking novel about the far-reaching repercussions of an illicit relationship between a young girl and a much older man.
Sofka explores Athens in a quest to understand this complex, seductive city. She visits unusual places and meets Athenians, native and adopted: singers, poets, graffiti writers, architects, journalists, chefs, historians and activists.
Acclaimed author and former anthropologist Sofka Zinovieff unpacks her adopted home, Athens, to help you excavate the multi-layered Greek capital. By Amanda Dardanis Want to scratch beneath the surface of a city? Who better to ask than a former anthropologist? Especially one who has spent two decades living in said city; bringing up her
Join us as we Unpack Athens in our brand new Podcast Series By Amanda Dardanis “All cities are complex but Athens has an especially tangled character—it’s both spectacularly ancient and undeniably modern.”—Sofka Zinovieff, author. Athens has more layers than a moussaka. As the city reopens to tourism again this month, we
In Greece You Don’t Choose Your Village Most Greeks have ancestral ties to villages they regularly visit. And, just like in a family, these reunions can be at once joyful and maddening. Sofka Zinovieff | June 23rd, 2020 When lockdown eased and travel outside one’s home region was permitted, we escaped the unseasonal heatwave in Athens
26 Best Travel Books That Will Take You All Around the World No plane ticket required. By Elena Nicolaou Jun 25, 2020 Sofka Zinovieff, a Brit, moves to her husband’s native Athens to raise their two daughters. From her vantage point between cultures, Zinovieff can observe Greek customs as she participates in them. Eurydice Street is the honest
Putney published by Orange Books, Sofia, Bulgaria 2019 https://www.orangecenter.bg/
Why Are Greeks So Hospitable? An Anthropologist’s View Is there more to a spoon sweet than meets the eye? Anthropologist Sofka Zinovieff examines the hidden layers of meaning in Greek hospitality. By Sofka Zinovieff | February 12th, 2020 I first lived in Greece in the late 1980s as a student. I’d exchanged chilly Cambridge
In honour of the poet Giorgos Seferis who died on this day, in 1971 I share this poem.
A short poem but one that encapsulates so much of the human condition. Despite all the sufferings we face we remain forever hopeful that tomorrow will be better.