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Pericles the Cicada and the Fifth Season
 Eleni Svoronou
Illustrator: Maria-Louisa Vafiadaki

Metaichmio, 2007
ISBN: 978-960-455-246-7
ISBN13: 978-960-455-246-7

Pericles the Cicada is enjoying the trappings of power. As Minister for the Environment he has acquired a chauffered limousine and a mobile phone. He is learning to smoke cigars, though they still make him cough horribly. On summer holiday in his old olive tree, Pericles introduces his neighbours to the wonders of progress, promising them electricity and a sealed road for fast cars. Few dissenting voices are raised and the olive grove soon boasts every electrical and electronic comfort imaginable. It never gets dark and it never gets quiet. The downside of unchecked progress emerges when the seasons start to change, and a fifth season, an unpredictable mixture of the usual four brings fearsome heat, floods and bitter cold. When Pericles suggests a saving energy to fend off climate change, some of the neighbours are unwilling to give up their new appliances and he has to make a decision.


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