The Murderess (New York Review Books Classics)
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" Renowned as the inventor of modern Greek fiction, Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851–1911) is a magical mythmaker and unflinching realist whose work looks forward to that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The Murderess is a bone-chilling book with the force of an Appalachian backwoods ballad. The Murderess is the story of old Hadoula, a peasant woman from the island of Skiathos-in the nineteenth century, when the story is set, as bitterly poor a place as anywhere on earth. Old Hadoula knows the burdens of women's lives and she knows the herbs that can remedy them; over the years many women have come to her in secret for help. She is both an outcast and a fixture of the community, and as the book begins she is trying to get her newborn granddaughter to stop crying so that her daughter can get some sleep. That's when it hits her: there's nothing worse than being born a woman-and there is something, that she, Hadoula can do about that.
Peter Levi’s matchless translation of Alexandros Papadiamantis’s astonishing novella captures the excitement and haunting poetry of the original Greek."
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This book is considered a "classic" for Greek literature, it's taught in schools and there are tons of plays based on it performed every year in Athens theaters!
I've read the original novel in Greek and I had a look in this English edition and here is a fun thing:
As the original was written in "Katharevousa"*, I found the English version easier to read! Some phrases are hard to translate, but Peter Levi has done a decent work here.
This book was written around 1903 and the life style described is way outdated on many aspects (if one has been to Skiathos recently will know what I mean!) . But on the other hand, it's a quick read. It follows all patterns of Greek tragedies and makes you think on many issues. Not a pleasant story, but definately interesting and poignant.
*Katharevousa is up to a large extend an artificial form of Greek used by officials, scholars, the elit and often writters, from the late 18th century till a few decades ago. Of course your everyday person would use Dimotiki- "demotic" Greek and have no idea what this is all about.
Thankfully this paranoia stopped 3-4 decades ago, although even nowadays there are still some people claiming that katharevousa is the language we should be taught in schools and that it's closer to ancient Greek. Oh, well...
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I especially like that this is a book from a Greek writer, I don't think I've read a translated Greek book before (except for Odyssey).
Wow, the book is even more interesting since I read your information (I literally just read it after typing the sentence above this one). Thanks for giving this extra information! I already thought this would be a nice book and now I think even more highly about this book :)
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I don't think I will read the book, but take it with me on a trip for another traveler.
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