Returning to Ionia

A Story of Love and War

by Constantine Santas



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/14/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 230
ISBN : 9781663214744
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 230
ISBN : 9781663214737
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 230
ISBN : 9781663214751

About the Book

Largely based on historical events, the occupation of Greece by Italy’s fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini and the Nazis of Adolph Hitler of Germany, this narrative is fictional in its entirety. The narrator, a boy ages 10-15, the duration of the War, is entirely invented as are the characters in the story and the events narrated. I spent many years writing the stories and read them to audiences on occasion. Some were published in literary magazines while I was still a student and some in blogs today. Most, however, remained unpublished and gradually became what one might call the “spine” of the present narrative. My emphasis was in plotting a narrative of episodes I had written over a long period of time and, as I went along, I sought to turn a pastiche of disparate parts into a streaming whole. The reader will decide whether I have succeeded. One final word about the title: Returning to Ionia is mostly a reference to the last part of the story, which tells the reader about the protagonist and his return to the place of his birth and is busy still designing the ending of his story. Ionia is a made-up name, an unidentified place in the Western part of Greece, the Ionian Sea, dotted with the famous Seven Islands, conquered by the Venetian Empire, later became part of the English Empire, and were donated to Greece by Queen Victoria, on the occasion of the ascension to the throne of King George the First, in 1964.

About the Author

Constantine Santas is a Professor Emeritus of English at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, and the author of many books, including a biography of the Greek poet Aristotelis Valaoritis (1976), The Epic Films of David Lean (2012), The Essential Films of Humphrey Bogart (2016), and the award-winning novel, Aliki, the Greek Girl (2003).Dr. Santas has taught at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Florida State University, lectured at the University of Florida, and was the head of the English Department at Flagler College until 2002. He is now a freelance writer, translator,and councellor of young writers. He and his wife reside in St. Augustine., Florida.