Aerostato magazine

για το βιβλίο “Το ∆έντρο το Μονάχο” των εκδόσεων Πατάκη

“She manages to create an entire magical world. An entire universe of which we become members and participants. We are that efficiently drawn in by its power, made suggestible to its mood. Emotion, tenderness, freshness, vitality – the writer’s narrative prowess keeps us in thrall until the end.”

Liana Starida, archaeologist

για το βιβλίο “Το ∆έντρο το Μονάχο” των εκδόσεων Πατάκη

“From the first page to the last, The Lonesome Tree holds us tightly against itself, offering us the coolness it hides inside its aged trunk, people’s whispers, their meanness and their treasures and, finally, light and brightness.”

Anthoula Daniel, language teacher, critic

για το βιβλίο “Το ∆έντρο το Μονάχο” των εκδόσεων Πατάκη

“Papayanni follows the traditional recipe, after the enchanting storyteller of old, with the requisite distances, without verbal acrobatics, modernist stunts in her expressions, innuendos, insinuations, sly tricks and tripping up the reader, which would hinder the reader’s access to the text.”

Eleni Svoronou, Diavaseme

για το βιβλίο “Το ∆έντρο το Μονάχο” των εκδόσεων Πατάκη

“If there is a recent book that repeals the boundaries between children’s and adult literature, that would be The Lonesome Tree. It is one of the books that mark you for life, irrespectively of your age when you read it.”

Petros Panaou Associate Professor, University of Georgia, Language and Literacy Education

για το βιβλίο “Το ∆έντρο το Μονάχο” των εκδόσεων Πατάκη

In conclusion, I’d say the novel touches on the borders of magical realism, which as inspired writers like Gabriel-Garcia Marquez have demonstrated often manages to reveal truths about the reality of a place in a manner and intensity and passion that realism cannot even approximate.

Erifylli Maroniti, journalist

για το βιβλίο “Το ∆έντρο το Μονάχο” των εκδόσεων Πατάκη

“Successfully and with admirable narrative economy, she weds themes and motifs of fairytales and myth, including contemporary myths.”

Eleni Saranditi, Eleftherotypia

για το βιβλίο “Το ∆έντρο το Μονάχο” των εκδόσεων Πατάκη

“A social work, a mural of landscapes and people in a language that is genuine, alive and disciplined. Also, of feelings which, though they are abundant, get injured and go into hiding. Yet, they are real.”

Report of the committee for National Awards

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“The dynamics of the plot and the graphic depiction of the characters, both adults and children, compose a contemporary ethography suffused with the stylistic finesse of Maria Papayanni.”

Eleni Beteinaki, cretalive.gr

για το βιβλίο “Παπούτσια µε φτερά” των εκδόσεων Πατάκη

“A torrent of words, images, feelings. Every page a sojourn into dreaming, reflecting. A sojourn to the depths of the soul, to the things unspoken, the terrible things hiding there which we fear being drawn out to the open in case they cause injury, in case they are injured. A book about dreams, innermost thoughts, bewilderment, fears, about people who won’t stop dreaming. A book-long poem about the greatest truth. That of the quest for the soul of our dream, love towards people, ideas, memories, traditions. A book so we don’t forget our heritage, our debt to history, to poetry, culture and to our own self. A book that is read in one fell swoop because it isn’t right to cut dreams in half, they need to come to an end, leaving that sweet aftertaste than is visible for the day’s duration, in the eyes, the face, the soul.”

Stavros Stamboglis, Fractal

για το βιβλίο “Παπούτσια µε φτερά” των εκδόσεων Πατάκη

A remarkable novel, with a special rhythm to it. It possesses vitality, truth, inspiration and the slyness of a fox. In essence, it is a composition of poetic moments that deceives us in the guise of a novel, thanks to a potent dose of prose. From the very first page, one realizes it is not possible to stay on the surface. There are masterful tricks that draw you to the substance. Symbolisms, contrasts, abstraction, dreamlike states, bewitching words, loving moments, sweet excesses, simplicity and wisdom, well honed experience and knowledge, sadness, losses both visible and unprofessed, orphanhood, migration, war, hope, theatricality. All of it with the economy of an intelligent, elliptical outlook on the events surrounding us. Maria Papayanni is shaking her soul at the balcony and images fall. We have here an excellent writer. A philosophy manual. As such, it prompts us to the optimism we ought to embody.”