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The Soul of Gold-bookcover

By: Vivian Avraamidou-Ploumbis

The Soul of Gold

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The true story of a young adventurer from Famagusta – Cyprus, who, after the capture of the city by the Ottoman Empire in 1571, began wandering the noble courtyards of Europe. With a borrowed name, gumption, courage, foresight, and a ring with a red tourmaline stone, he sweeps through the big European cities of the sixteenth century, disrupting the courtyards of the nobility, sharing hopes and promises claiming that he knows the way to reach the ‘soul of gold.’ That is to say, how to convert mercury into gold. With information drawn from various Venetian and German sources, the novel closely follows the path of the Cypriot charlatan alchemist, in tandem with other nobles, some being fiction. The heroes in the novel intersect with these nobles outlining the picture of post medieval Europe at a time.

Vivian Avraamidou-Ploumbis was born in Famagusta, Cyprus in 1958. After the Turkish invasion in 1974, she fled together with her family to Athens, Greece. She studied Economics at the University of Athens and Statistics at the University of Washington at Seattle. Today she lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic. Literature has always been her great love. Some of her works received literature prizes in Greece or Cyprus, among which, the National Prize award by the Republic of Cyprus. She wrote thirteen books, some of which were translated and published in Czech, English, Romanian and Turkish.

 

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