Everywhere I stopped strangers talked to me, and many of them told me a story. Their voices poured into the void, filling the silence that you had left.
You will recognise some of the places in the stories from the postcards.
Who knows if the tales people told me are true or false? I suspect that some of them are complete fabrications, others are exaggerations – but perhaps some of them are real. You can decide.
Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A.
With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.
On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A’s tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more.
Beloved, bestselling author Victoria Hislop’s Cartes Postales from Greece is fiction illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind.
Photography in Cartes Postales
Victoria Hislop has chosen for her upcoming novel – Cartes Postales – to be illustrated in full colour, featuring gorgeous pictures from around Greece. The story is based upon a series of anonymous postcards that lead character Ellie receives from various locations around Greece, and so Victoria set out with a local photographer to capture some quintessentially Greek scenes. Describing her book as “adult fiction in full colour”, Victoria questioned why adults should only read in print and has proven that photography can add rich atmosphere and authenticity to a story.
We love the stunning photographs included in Cartes Postales and can’t help but be swept up in Victoria’s affection for the gorgeous islands of Greece when looking through them. We’re not allowed to show you any of the text yet, but take a look at some of the wonderful images from the book below to discover more.
This image was taken inside Saint Andrew Basilica of Patras; a cathedral filled with light and decorated with beautiful mosaics and an enormous candelabra:
This image features the door of a worn and crumbling hotel in Patras: