The powerful and stylistically brilliant saga of a family by one of contemporary Greece's most acclaimed literary masters Zyranna Zateli's ambitious, multigenerational saga is the story of Christoforos, who first weds Petroula, and then Eftha, followed, after her death, by Persa; of his sexually promiscuous son Hesychios and the many bastard children left on the doorstep following the untimely demise of so many would-be daughters-in-law; and of the sisters, brothers, children, and grandchildren who inhabit a household and a history expanding to near-bursting. Rich in symbolism and magical realism, this complex and wondrous family story unfolds nsequentially in ten interrelated tales, in a magnificent new English language translation by David Conlly. Unique in structure, style, and narrative voice, Zateli's vel, considered to be her masterpiece, combines classical mythology, ethnic folklore, and actual historical events with ingenious invention. It is a touchstone of contemporary Greek literature, awarded the Greek State Prize for Best Novel in 1994, and is an essential introduction to this rightfully celebrated author.
Zyranna Zateli, a well-known author, radio actor and producer, was honored in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Athens. She lives in Greece. David Connolly is an award-winning translator and former professor of translation studies in the School of English at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.