Synopses & Reviews
“By turns moving and scathingly satirical . . . Vassilikos has been so rarely translated into English; one can only hope this complex, multilayered novel will change that.”—Mary Park, The New York Times Book Review
A brilliant work of the imagination as well as an inspiring commentary on writing, the story follows a biographer’s investigation into the life and works of a famous, yet highly mysterious, deceased Greek writer, Glafkos Thrassakis. At the crossroads where magic realism and political fiction meet, Vassilis Vassilikos’s buoyant literary imagination successfully defies narrative structural conventions and common fiction grounds.
Vassilis Vassilikos is Greece’s most acclaimed novelist. His most famous novel, Z, has been translated into 32 languages.
A brilliant work of the imagination, as well as an inspiring commentary on writing.
A brilliant work of the imagination as well as a meditation on writing itself, the story follows a biographers investigation into the life and works of a famous, yet highly mysterious, deceased Greek author named Glafkos Thrassakis. At the crossroads where magical realism and political fiction meet, Vassilis Vassilikoss buoyant literary imagination flourishes beyond the confines of conventional narrative structures.
About the Author
Vassilis Vassilikos was born on the island of Thasos in 1933. He is Greece's most acclaimed novelist. . He has published more than ninety books, including novels, short stories, essays, poetry, and plays. His most famous novel Z, has been translated into thirty-two languages. He lives in Athens and Paris. Karen Emmerich is praised for her translations of Greek contemporary authors Rhea Galanake and Margarita Karapanou, she was awarded fellowships by the Fulbright and Onassis foundations, and in 1999, the Elizabeth Constantinides Translation Prize by the Modern Greek Studies Association. She lives in Thessaloniki, Greece.