Ersi Sotiropoulos

Ersi Sotiropoulos is the author of thirteen books of fiction and a volume of poetry. Her work has been translated into many languages. Her awarded novel Zigzag through the Bitter-Orange Trees was published in the US in ’07 and Landscape with Dog and Other Stories in ’09. Her last collection of stories Feel Blue, Dress in Red received the National Award in Greece in 2012. She lives in Athens, Greece.

Translator Chris Markham has spent most of his adult life in Greece, working as a teacher and translator in the northern city of Thessaloniki. He now divides his time between Greece, Florence and England’s Lake District. He specializes in legal translations and can be contacted at

Even in Paradise, Someone Will Be Bluffing . . .

By Ersi Sotiropoulos

He always hoped for a warm welcome when he came home from the office, and would ring the downstairs doorbell to announce he was on his way up. He pressed the button for the lift, shifting the weight of the bags on his shoulder to get a better balance, and in the little hall mirror his face was invariably smiling and good-humored.