From one of Greece's most popular novelists comes this story of a 65-year-old actress, from her childhood in a provincial Greek town to her life as a pensioner. As a child she lives through the horrors of German occupation and the Greek civil war, seeing her mother sleep with Italian soldiers to feed her children and, later, being accused of collaborating with the enemy. Matesis' acclaimed novel vividly recaptures a little discussed period of Greece's recent past, while also telling the personal story of one woman's passion.
Pavlos Matesis is a prize-winning Greek playwright, novelist and translator. His fiction includes The Ancient of the Days, Always Well and Sylvan Substances. His novel The Daughter, an international bestseller in nine languages, has sold over 150,000 in Greece alone. It is now a major film by Emir Kusturica. Pavlos Matesis lives in Athens.