Kassandra and the Wolf (Paperback)

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Hypnotically disturbing, Kassandra and the Wolf is a series of 56 vignettes told from the perspective of a young girl. Childhood experiences seen through the eyes of Kassandra are dark and twisted--pushing the boundary between fantasy and reality. The world that Kassandra inhabits is one of self-imposed silence and internalized emotions stemming from abuse and parental neglect. Both damaged and resilient, Kassandra prowls the darkest corners of a unique human experience that explores her understanding of human life and love. — Cheryl Cornwell


Margarita Karapanou's Kassandra and the Wolf was first published in 1974, and went on to become a contemporary classic in Greece, receive international acclaim, and establish its 28-year-old author as an intensely original new talent, who garnered comparisons to Proust and Schulz.

Six-year-old Kassandra is given a doll: "I put her to sleep in her box, but first I cut off her legs and arms so she'd fit," she tells us, "Later, I cut her head off too, so she wouldn't be so heavy. Now I love her very much." Kassandra is an unforgettable narrator, a perfect, brutal guide to childhood as we've never seen ita journey that passes through the looking glass but finds the darkest corners of the real world.

This edition brings Kassandra and the Wolf back into print at lasta tour de force and, as Karapanou liked to call it, a scary monster of a book.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781566567718
ISBN-10: 1566567718
Publisher: Clockroot Books
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2009
Pages: 130
Language: English
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