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"Yousouri stin tsepi" (Black Coral in the Pocket)
Patakis, 1994 - 15th edition, 2019. 158 pp.
ISBN: 960-360-204-3

Penelope, 12-year-old, spends her summer by the seashore. There she meets captain Diocles, a seaman who talks about the odd things he has experienced in the sea. He even speaks of a magic black coral named yousouri. Then a strange 14-year-old boy named Ares appears. He behaves like an arrogant but soon Penelope understands that it is a secret he carries, which makes him sad and unhappy. When Penelope finds out what the secret is, she and Ares, along with captain Diocles, get involved in a risky operation, to get a piece of the magic yousouri.

".... A perfect literary offer. The book has a fascinating plot, vivid characters and the magic of Greek nature... The writing is plain, fast-paced and brilliant. Excellent language, completeness of meaning."
I.G. Theoharis, PROINOS LOGOS newspaper, Ioannina, July 12, 1994

"... Τhe secret of a good novel is to divert the reader from external reality and make him a “citizen” of its own reality, a participant in other situations and events. It is this illusion that creates pleasure. While reading Petrovits’s new novel, I had this feeling of participation. In this novel, the reader soon becomes friendly with a group of children, spending their summer at the beautiful village Trapeza, with captain Diocles, who is looking for something miraculous, but especially with young Penelope and young Ares. Through them, and under the pretext of searching for the black coral called “yousouri”, essential problems concerning puberty, love and death come forward. The story about “yousouri” is the body of the narrative and everything else around stands in balance. According to the (Greek) tradition, the black coral “yousouri” is a sea tree, but when sponge-fishers approach it, the sea tree becomes alive. In this novel, the “yousouri” acquires other dimensions: it becomes a dream, a life-aim, a way of thinking. Yet, this does not prevent young people to see and face crucial puberty problems. It is a book worth reading not only for its theme, but also for the way it is written, the way the story is narrated."
V.D. Anagnostopoulos, Professor of Thessaly University
DIADROMES magazine, Autumn 1994, no 35

"... A book of inner exploration, psychological view, and approaches not vociferous but inventively revealing, stimulating the reader's interest up to the end."
I.D. Ioannidis, Patras, October 22, 1994

"... The author, among the first names or our contemporary Children's Literature, give us now a novel having as main qualities its structure and its multi-faceted characters. One more step forward of an author whose every new book wins her our admiration."
SYNCHRONO SCHOLIO magazine, no 24 November-December 1994

"... Τhe black coral “yousouri” is a miraculous sea tree, as people say. Here, the magic black coral becomes the symbol of love and death, in moments of the life of a group of children, who meet each other and get acquainted with the inhabitants of a seaside area. The beauty of the Greek nature and especially the seashore become the canvass hosting a variety of narrative means and a fast-paced rhythm. These elements, as form achievements of the author, mark an interesting, developing story, where suspense, tension, the unexpected and the imaginary are signalling some essential ingredients, such as problems between children and their parents, friendship, the first love, as well as love affairs that failed to take their course."
Giannis Papadatos
Critic, Lecturer, University of Aegean
magazine, No 349, February 1995

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