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The Jasmine Isle [Paperback]

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"Karystiani's The Jasmine Isle changes the way all of us see modern Greece."Neue Zrcher Zeitung

A modern love story with the force of an ancient Greek tragedy. Set on the spectacular Cycladic island of Andros, The Jasmine Isle one of the finest literary achievements in contemporary Greek literature, recounts the story of the beautiful Orsa Saltaferos, sentenced to marry a man she doesn't love and to watch while the man she does love weds another.

Born on Crete, Ioanna Karystiani has written several novels and the screenplays for The Brides, directed by Pandelis Vulgaris and produced by Martin Scorsese, and Estrella mi vida, directed by Costa Gavras.

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Pages   282
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Europa Editions
ISBN  1933372109  
ISBN13  9781933372105  

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More About Ioanna Karystiani & Michael Eleftheriou

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ioanna Karystiani was born on the island of Crete. Her literary debut came with the collection of short stories, I kyria Kataki (Mrs. Kataki). She has since written three novels, all of which have been translated into several languages. She wrote the screenplay for The Brides, directed by Pandelis Vulgaris and produced by Martin Scorsese, and Estrella mi vida, directed by Costa Gavras.

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Excellent  Apr 10, 2007
This is a wonderful novel, written with modernistic techniques. The Greek life, the communal life, the naval life, the concubine life, the love life... all these are themes closely interrelated and excellently played out by the author.

The translator has managed to carry the rhythm, the contextual and linguistic ambiguity and complexity of the original. I enjoyed reading the translation as must as I did reading the Greek.
A conceptual and metaphorical tale of contemporary Greek literature  May 9, 2006
Creatively authored by Ioanna Karystiani and expertly translated by Michael Eleftheriou, The Jasmine Isle is a conceptual and metaphorical tale of contemporary Greek literature. Mina Saltaferou forcibly weds her eldest daughter Orsa in spite of a love her daughter already feels for another. In a classic style and with a particularly vivid depiction of memorable characters, The Jasmine Isle narratively embodies the truths and barriers of women and men as set by society's predetermined constructs. Especially recommended as a work of exceptional talent, The Jasmine Isle is very highly recommended reading for its intricate and intimate telling of a deep tale, persistently focused on the unjust social constraints felt by so many.
Fine Greek fiction in English  May 6, 2006
Well, having enjoyed Mikra Anglia in Greek when it came out several years ago, and having seen its forthcoming English translation advertised here on this site a couple of months ago, my interest was piqued: how would the translator approach what seemed a virtually untranslatable work? A work that rested on a distinct and distinctive use of the Greek language, of highly localized vocabulary, of an almost stream-of-consciousness style far from common in the annals of Greek literature?
Well, having read the book, I can say the translator did a jolly good job! The translation reads like an original, and succeeds in a flowing style of its own, especially in Part Three which, if you will excuse the hyperbole, reads a lot like the Greek work Dylan Thomas never quite got round to writing!
I heartily recommend this work to both those familiar with the original and with Karystiani's oeuvre, and to those who simply want to read an expertly-structured and written tragedy with a focus on the women the men of a seafaring isle left behind to fend for themsevles year in year out in the years between the two world wars. Of course, for those familiar with the charming island of Andros, as I am, this is a MUST.

Joanna Kkais,

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