The Best Books about Greece

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Updated: February 18, 2020

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Any true bibliophile visiting Greece should make a point of visiting Atlantis Books in Oia, Santorini. An independent bookshop that’s an enchanting painted cave, Atlantis Books is lined floor to ceiling with books in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Since its opening in 2004, this tiny gem has earned a spot on just about everyone’s “Best Bookstores in the World” lists, all the time remaining true to its friendly, helpful, and utterly adorable vibe.

The Best Books set in Greece

  • The Corfu Trilogy – Gerald Durrell
    Charming series of memoirs that explores a young boy’s move (along with his quirky family) from Britian to Greece in the 1930s, and his discovery of the wonders of Corfu’s flora, fauna, people, and culture. Recently adapted as an award-wining television series by BBC Masterpiece.
  • Corelli’s Mandolin: A Novel – Louis de Bernieres
    Sweeping and beautifully-written historical romance in which a young woman on the Greek island of Cephallonia is torn between two love interests amid the island’s Italian occupation during World War II.
  • Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis
    An introverted and bookish narrator moves to Crete in the early 20th century to work on an abandoned lignite mine, and is soon accompanied by a lusty and larger-than-life Greek working man who eventually transforms his way of thinking and of experiencing the world.
  • Little Infamies: Stories – Panos Karnezis
    Series of intersecting short stories featuring the disparate and colorful characters who live in a small, unnamed Greek village. Inventive, darkly funny, and lyrically-written.
  • Eleni – Nicholas Gage
    A haunting and inspirational true story in which a New York Times investigative reporter returns to his northern Greek homeland to unravel the mystery of his mother, a heroic woman who struggled to ensure her children’s survival and escape from the violence of the Greek Civil War. Non-fiction that reads like a novel.
  • North of Ithaka – Eleni Gage
    The granddaughter of the heroic woman described in the book Eleni travels to her ancestral Greek village to rebuild her grandparents’ home.
  • The Island – Victoria Hislop
    Historical novel set in a Greek seaside village in World War II. A 25 year-old British woman travels to Crete to untangle the secrets of her mother’s homeland and the former leper colony that haunts her family’s history.

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