Τατιάνα Αβέρωφ
Reviews
Published by Kedros
2005 (4th edition 2005)
Pages: 332
ΙSBN: 9600428948
“Intersections” is a fine contemporarily structured novel which takes the reader by surprise in an interesting way, but also a personal testimony on what dealing with the psyche in a professional capacity can entail.
Michalis Meraklis, ”I LEXI”, issue 187, Jan-March 2006
The novel keeps you on the edge of your seat like a psychological thriller, and can be seen as a Greek equivalent of Yalom’s work. Tatiana Averoff masterfully peels away multiple versions of a single story, robustly delineating the fragile reality of two women—a reality which is essentially just one of their lives. This is an extremely revealing book for all of us who “live year after year with half the rooms under dustsheets in the residence of our Self”.
Eleni Gika, ”ETHNOS”, 9 April 2006
Averoff functionally reconciles Leda’s coming of age story with the coming of age of the Psychological Centre where she works and of the people who seek help there. She relies on irony and a thoughtful use of humour to reconstruct the arrogance and short-cuts of the therapist’s idiom (showing how easily it can be deflected into theology or vulgar metaphysics), while in no way rejecting the possibility of a genuine healing experience.
Vangelis Hadzivasileiou, ”ELEFTHEROTYPIA”, 4 December 2005
It is a shame that a book with such superb transitions from one chapter to another, which employs psychological symbolisms in such an utterly literary way and offers such vividly drawn scenes from childhood and riveting descriptions (like little Leda climbing out of her bed and fumbling in the dark); that a book which is so successful at illuminating the ‘inner’ life should prove so insipid in its treatment of what lies beyond.
Stergios Mavrokefalos, ”HIGHLIGHTS”, issue 20, January 2006.
The sections which focus on the nanny are especially problematic. If the other chapters have something about them of Yalom’s recent group therapy in “The Schopenhauer Cure”, here the fairytale ambience, combined with the Englishwoman’s obsession with an imaginary lover, seems to combine the magic scenes from “Mary Poppins” with a touch of “The Turn of the Screw”.
Lina Pantaleon, ”ELEFTHEROTYPIA”, 11 November 2005
Averoff is especially adept at conjuring up a fairytale atmosphere in the sections which deal with the nanny’s life and memories, recalling the otherworldliness of her first novel […] She keeps the reader on the edge of their seat throughout her heroine’s rebellion, and rewards them with a denouement that combines a happy ending with the resolution of tragedy. A fascinating and highly contemporary novel.
Titika Dimitroulia, ”ENTEFKTIRIO”, issue 71, December 2005.
The language morphs with remarkable plasticity through a succession of times, places, social classes, ages and nationalities. The chapters are contextualized in the language of their time, from a Seventies infancy through an Eighties childhood and adulthood in 2004. Ironic, insouciant and amusing throughout, there’s ample humour, too. With emotion and sentiment lying in wait at every turn, ready to strike but never debased into cheap and sterile sentimentality, this is a real plus.
Foteini Tsalikoglou, ”TO VIMA”, 15 January 2006