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 it--a 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 last--a tour de force and, as Karapanou liked to call it, a scary monster of a book.