Eleni, or Nobody

Eleni, or Nobody


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Eleni, or Nobody by Rhea Galanaki

Winner of the 1999 Greek State Prize for Best Novel

Rather than consent to spinsterhood at age twenty-seven, Eleni Altamura sets sail with her seafaring father to Italy, where she is to study painting at the famed School of the Nazarenes. Once in Naples, Eleni flees her female identity and, disguised as a young man, walks with her father to Rome. Along the way she falls in love with her would-be husband while learning to navigate life in a man's world—as a man. But when love reveals her femininity, Eleni marries the father of her children, the first of the many tragedies she will have to endure. She continues to question her identity as her life choices spark rumors she may be a powerful, mad magician, or just another crazy old woman.

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ISBN-13: 9780810118850
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 05/08/2002
Edition description: Translated
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rhea Galanaki is considered Greece's foremost woman novelist. She was born in Crete in 1947 and studied history and archaeology at the University of Athens. She is the author of several books of poetry and criticism as well as two other novels, The Life of Ismail Ferik Pasha (Peter Owen, Ltd., 1996) and Eleni, or No One. She lives in Patras, Greece.

David Connolly is a professional translator and has translated 15 works by leading Greek poets and novelists.

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