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Did it really happen? Memory, history and myth in Eugenia Tsoulis´ Between the ceiling and the sky.

Author(s): Catalina Ribas Segura

Journal: Coolabah
ISSN 1988-5946

Volume: 3;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Greek migration | memory | family secrets.

World War II, the Nazi occupation and several dictatorships forced manyGreek men and women into migration. In 1952 Greece signed an agreement on assistedmigration to Australia and more than “250 000 Greek and Cypriot migrants fromGreece (1952-74), Rumania (1952-8), Egypt and the Middle East (1952-2) [sic], Cyprus(1974-84) and other politically turbulent countries of Eastern Europe and LatinAmerica” moved to Australia (Tamis, Anastasios M. The Greeks in Australia, 2005: 47).The lives of those migrants changed radically as they left home behind. Some of them,or their children, wrote fictional texts explaining some of their experiences. An exampleof this is Eugenia Tsoulis´ Behind the Ceiling and the Sky (1998), where the maincharacters live their lives between present and past and between memories and myths,on the one hand, and facts and the lifeworld that surround them, on the other. This paperwill analyse this novel and the sometimes blurred boundaries between memory, historyand myth.
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