The fairy tale of my life
© 2013, 2015
2014 READERS PRIZE of PUBLIC BOOKSTORES (GREECE)
Alki Zei narrates the story of the years of her youth, which have determined her future path. A whole era revives in her exciting narration, animated by the presence of famous Greek personalities of the arts and literature. In addition to being a memoir, Alki Zei’s biographical narrative reveals remarkable examples of human behaviour in a completely unpretentious manner.
« I needed good memory and much love in order to write the story of my life. In a novel you can say whatever you imagine, you can move your heroes as you like, you can make them say whatever you think. But when the persons are real you are not allowed to make the smallest mistake, especially when there is nobody anymore there to agree or contradict you. Fortunately enough, there is my sister, whose memory is infallible and her life is entangled with mine. As soon as she read my book she said: «That’s how we lived, that’s how those we met and loved were». And I asked her: «Now that you recalled our story, would you have preferred to have lived another life? » «Absolutely not! » she replied spontaneously. «Absolutely not! » I also added. »