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I do not think I have ever seen childhood—its secret
cruelties, its seamless blend of fantasy and reality—dealt
with like this, so frankly and surprisingly. Proust and Jerzy
Kosinski and Lewis Carroll all come to mind, but you have a
truth here that none of these men caught.
—John Updike, in a letter to Karapanou







margarita Margarita Karapanou

Margarita Karapanou was born in Athens in 1946 and raised in Athens and Paris. One of Greece’s most beloved authors, she was the author of five novels. Her first novel, Kassandra and the Wolf, was translated into four languages, and was originally published in English by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1974. The Sleepwalker has likewise been translated into four languages, and Karapanouís own French translation of the book, Le Somnambule (Paris: Gallimard, 1987), won the French national prize for the best foreign novel, an honor previously awarded to Lawrence Durrell, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. She died in 2008.


I Run with the Future Ahead of Me and the Cops Behind Me

Violence & Evasion: The Novels of Margarita Karapanou

Rain Taxi on Kassandra and Rien

books by Karapanou

Kassandra and the Wolf

Rien ne va plus

The Sleepwalker