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A Tale Without a Nameby Penelope S. Delta
Synopses & Reviews
An enchanting, powerful fable as timely today as on first publication a century ago
The kingdom used to be a place of paved roads and well-filled coffers, with joy and the good life all around. But the old king went the way of all flesh years ago, and now the kingdom is derelict, a land of wickedness and ruin. But a young prince and his sister begin to see what must be done, andand#151;if they canand#151;to restore what has been lost.
For a hundred years A Tale Without a Name has been one of Greeceand#8217;s best-loved stories. This playful, wise fable is enchanting for readers of any age, as meaningful and moving now as when it was first written.
"Constantly intrigues and excites... Like Animal Farmand#160;... thirty or so years later, itand#8217;s a political tract in thin but compelling disguise" Books for Keeps
Penelope S. Delta (1874-1941) was born in Alexandria, Egypt to Greek parents. Delta belonged to the Greek aristocracy and could easily have come from a novel by E.M. Forster, Marcel Proust or Henry James. She wrote several children s books, memoirs and historical works. She took her own life in April 1941, the day the Nazis entered Athens.
An enchanting, powerful fable as timely today as a century ago
Available in English for the first time, A Tale Without a Name has been a classic of Greek literature for a century. It is a fable for children and adults, an acutely topical proposal for a better way of living together. Elegantly told, with charming drawings by Mika Provata-Carlone.
About the Author
The Greek writer Penelope S. Delta was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1874 to Greek parents. Delta belonged to the Greek aristocracy and could easily have come from a novel by E.M. Forster, Marcel Proust or Henry James. She wrote childrens books, memoirs, historical studies, articles on childrens education and welfare including A Tale Without a Name in 1911. She was a true philanthropist, a woman of remarkable spirit and intelligence. Her life was surrounded by political turmoil: her father, a cotton merchant who became the Mayor of Athens, was almost executed during the 1916 clashes between royalists and Venizelists; the diplomat and writer Ion Dragoumis, with whom Delta fell passionately in love, was assassinated. She ultimately took her own life in April 1941, on the day the Nazis entered Athens.
One of the most interesting personalities of modern Greece, Penelope Delta has inspired generations of youth with her historical novels full of adventure and heroism, of personal courage and commitment. In focusing upon the Byzantine past in In the Heroic Age of Basil II: Emperor of Byzantium, she helped resurrect a fascinating and neglected period of Greek history. And her epic Secrets of the Swamp, a portrayal of the clandestine Macedonian struggle of the early twentieth century, resonates with oral history from the freedom fighters themselves. Other popular books by Penelope Delta that remain best sellers today include the adventure stories Mangas and Crazy Andonis.
Mika Provata-Carlone is an independent scholar, translator, editor, photographer and illustrator. She is passionate about good books, old and new, for the young and for the old; also about old-fashioned presses, smelling of paper and ink.
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