Eleni Saranditi, Eleftherotypia

The Lonesome Tree

“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

The Lonesome Tree

“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

Shoes with Wings

“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

Shoes with Wings

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.”

Anthoula Daniel, diastixo. blogspot

Shoes with Wings

“The book is full of love for man, for the stricken, the weak, the homeless, the persecuted, for all who find themselves at the mercy of others, and for animals. Counterpoint to the fear of those who are ready to do evil. […] Certainly, Papayanni aims her arrows well and knows how to instruct and guide without availing herself of a moralistic style. She uses a rich, intertextual background out of which she not only crafts “shoes with wings” but helps thinking take flight, walk on mountains, swim at the bottom of the sea and fly to the sky, drawing from there whatever humanizes the world and promotes life and culture so that, by reading, we gain back the time lost and reclaim our humanity.”

Chryssa Kouraki, lesxhanagnosis.blogspot

Shoes with Wings

“Setting out with phrases or bits of verse which probably inspired herself in her life and work, she creates an intertextual scaffold on which she masterfully rigs her story. A story that unfolds between the utopian imaginary and the real, with heroes who directly refer to great literary works and characters such as Don Quixote, Marabu, Panda, Babel, including contemporary ones such as The Black Lake by Melina Karakosta.”

Helena Yoergostathi, miaforakienankairomikrieleni,blogspot

Shoes with Wings

“I was wondering a few days ago what we are looking for when we read literature. I concluded that what we seek is a kind of justice. The justice of beauty. The justice of truth. This is the justice which “Shoes with wings.staunchly defends. With the poetic gaze operating as an escape but also as a renewed, possibly different way of wandering through the world and making contact with it. A way of redefining and transforming it. With the power for change and hope. A power, finally, of truth, substance and humanity.”

Yota Photou, Kos Voice

Shoes with Wings

“Racism, unemployment, difference, the love of animals, the importance of poetry and fairytales, solidarity, the need for companionship, family relationships, all get a hearing in the book’s pages, making up a world where problems will never be easily solved. A world everyone can recognize. Life does have a difficult side. But that is where love, tolerance, acceptance and struggle reside. Shoes with wings that will allow man to fly were never made, yet, toil, understanding, love can raise him high.”

Apostolos Pappos, elniplex.com

Shoes with Wings

«“Shoes with wings.For 8-9 years of age to any age at all. It is warmly recommended. For those who want to tame the fox that gave them a wild look, the things which were forgotten and the things which beguile. For the poetry that is to be found in life and for the life that sometimes becomes poetry.”

Poly Krimnioti, Avgi

Shoes with Wings

“Drawing from the great spring of folk traditions, poetry and the small miraculous moments of the everyday, Maria Papayianni, crafts Rosa’s world out of the materials at hand in the world around us, without didacticism but with great humanist feeling.”