"Karapanou... write[s] of childhood with such lyric ferocity; her Kassandra and the Wolf has [a] jagged fantastic substance... with a vicious pre-pubescent sexual element chillingly added." ----John Updike, The New York Times
"A frank, poetic, uncluttered graph of the state of childhood." -- --Edna O'Brien
From list of 20 best books in translation you have never read:
Karapanou s Kassandra is an uncomfortable mix of the girlish and wolvish. This ambiguous novel is about victims, the victimized and the gray area in-between, leaving the reader on unsteady ground as the story, told in a series of vignettes, rolls towards its inexorable conclusion. --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
was born in Athens in 1946 and raised in Athens and Paris. One of Greece's most beloved authors, she was the author of five novels. Her first novel, Kassandra and the Wolf
, was translated into four languages, and was originally published in English by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1974. The Sleepwalker
has likewise been translated into four languages, and Karapanou's own French translation of the book, Le Somnambule
(Paris: Gallimard, 1987), won the French national prize for the best foreign novel, an honor previously awarded to Lawrence Durrell, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. She died in 2008.
NC Germanacos is a Briton of Greek descent, who settled in Greece in 1965. He has translated leading Greek poets and prose writers and written his own poetry. For thirty-three years, in collaboration with his wife, the writer Anne Germanacos, he ran a school he founded for American students on the islands of Kalymnos and Crete. He now shares his time between his home in Crete, where he farms, reads, and writes, and San Francisco, his wife's home town.