Memoirs of a Greek family in Egypt (1948-1955) & Memories of Greece and Elsewhere (1956-1981)
The first part of a family story in two volumes, My Father’s Tree traces the childhood of Kosta, the father of Emilie Saitas, of Greek origin but born in Egypt. Through its history, it is that of the entire community of Egyptians that we discover. Mainly bourgeois, this community of Egyptian Greeks had grown rich in the cotton trade and lived in the same neighborhoods, apart from the rest of the Egyptian population. Between the intimate story and historical fresco, the story plunges us into post-World War II Egypt, when President Nasser took power.
In this second part of the story she devotes to her family, Emilie Saitas continues to retrace the trajectory of her father, Kosta, now a teenager.
After Nasser came to power, and at the request of his parents, the young Kosta, aged 16, was forced to leave Egypt alone to join his brother in Greece, while waiting for the rest of the family to take them. join later…
Ten years after the civil war, the country is bloodless and Kosta’s family, accustomed to a privileged way of life, is struggling to find their place. When the dictatorship of the Colonels begins, Kosta decides to go abroad, to forge his own identity and find his way.
This sensitive training story takes us between Greece, England, France, Libya, and Australia, offering a global panorama of the events of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s as well as of the Greek diaspora throughout the world.