'Not only a son's poignant memorial to his dead mother but an important work of history' Observer
In 1948, in a Greek mountain village, Eleni Gatzoyiannis was arrested, tortured and shot. Her crime had been to help her children to escape from the Communist guerrillas during the Greek civil war who were abducting children and sending them to camps behind the Iron Curtain. Her son, Nicholas Gage, was then eight years old. Eventually he reached America and joined his father who was working there and sending money back to his family. In America Gage grew up to become one of The New York Times' best investigative reporters. He returned to Greece in 1977 as a Times correspondent and, gradually but increasingly obsessively, he began to reconstruct his mother's life and death. By the time he was finished he was ready to confront both his mother's executioners and his own memories. Eleni, an intensely moving and compelling book, is the fruit of his search for the truth.
“'Exciting and harrowing...An amazing achievement'”
Patrick Leigh Fermor
“'I cannot think of another book that so compellingly demonstrates the gradual deterioration of human values in the name of lofty goals. Minutely observed and eloquently rendered'”
New York Times
“'A devoted and brilliant achievement. One of the rare books in which the power of art recreates the historical truth'”
New York Review of Books