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Revenger’s Tragedy

Julietta Harvey, 19 January 1984

Eleni 
by Nicholas Gage.
Collins, 472 pp., £9.95, November 1983, 0 00 217147 3
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... Those Greeks who grew up in the Civil War knew there was an enemy – but didn’t know who the enemy was or where he would come from. The memory, from my own childhood in Salonica, of my father’s shop being taken over by a Communist group is crosscut with memories of hush-hush accounts of police tortures suffered by my uncle for supporting the Communists ...

Powerful People

D.A.N. Jones, 15 October 1987

Anthills of the Savannah 
by Chinua Achebe.
Heinemann, 233 pp., £10.95, September 1987, 0 434 00604 1
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Familiar Wars 
by Julietta Harvey.
Joseph, 251 pp., £10.95, August 1987, 0 7181 2823 0
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Lenin: The Novel 
by Alan Brien.
Secker, 703 pp., £11.95, October 1987, 0 436 06840 0
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... even with her maidservant, a dispiritingly evangelical Christian. Familiar Wars is set in Julietta Harvey’s native Greece, in places where crowds gather to express their point of view. Though the women of Thessaloniki seem far less involved than West African women in matters of state and motives for warfare, the atmosphere might be easily ...

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