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Prodigal daughter : a journey to Byzantium
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A deep-seated questioning of her inherited religion resurfaces when Myrna Kostash chances upon the icon of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica. A historical, cultural and spiritual odyssey that begins in Edmonton, ranges around the Balkans, and plunges into a renewed vision of Byzantium in search of the Great Saint of the East delivers the author to an unexpected place-the threshold of her childhood church. An epic work of travel memoir, Prodigal Daughter sings with immediacy and depth, rewarding readers with a profound sense of an adventure they have lived. This book will appeal to readers interested in Ukrainian-Canadian culture, the Eastern Church, and medieval history, as well as to fans of Kostash's bold creative nonfiction.
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Table of Contents
Part 1Demetrius among the Slavsp. 1
Mapp. 2
Prologuep. 3
Byzantium on the Prairiesp. 22
Hiking for Demetriusp. 30
Mother Thessalonikip. 37
Miracles on the Rampartsp. 47
History is the Dogma of Scarsp. 52
Demetrius among the Macedoniansp. 62
Demetrius among the Serbsp. 81
Demetrius among the Bulgariansp. 94
Who is He Killing?p. 107
Letting Gop. 124
Lord, have Mercyp. 134
Return to Canadap. 137
Part 2Demetrius in Byzantiump. 141
Interludep. 142
Opening: The Mad Professor of Sirmiump. 151
Slavs in Byzantiump. 158
The Byzantine Saintp. 182
The Guardian Saintp. 212
The Passion of Demetriusp. 240
The Life and Death of St. Demetrius, a Young Man of Thessalonica, April 304(Two Versions)p. 262
Epiloguep. 275
Acknowledgementsp. 277
Notesp. 281
Bibliography and Recommended Readingp. 299
Indexp. 315
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