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Kassandra and the Wolf #2020

Kassandra and the Wolf Margarita Karapanou s Kassandra and the Wolf was first published in and went on to become a contemporary classic in Greece receive international acclaim and establish its year old author as

  • Title: Kassandra and the Wolf
  • Author: Margarita Karapanou N.C. Germanacos
  • ISBN: 9781566567718
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kassandra and the Wolf By Margarita Karapanou N.C. Germanacos, 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 hMargarita 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 lasta tour de force and, as Karapanou liked to call it, a scary monster of a book.

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    1. A Kassandra Who Cannot Foretell I am clearly no Kassandra since I failed to foresee what this novel would offer But even if you do not believe this review, I could still not aim to absorb the essence of her myth Let me, at least, forewarn you.When I read Wolf s Kassandra, I encountered this other Kassandra in this book field that GR is As a Greek author also writes it, I thought it would steep in and soak in myth And myth it certainly contains, but not of the classical kind The novel itself seem [...]

    2. I began this book as the aeroplane left the ground and reached the last page as it touched down two hours later so you could describe this book as a perfect two hour non stop read Perhaps not completely non stop however as my reading was broken up by interruptions, and not just those of the flight announcements and the food and drinks trolley No, every now and again, the back of my seat received a walloping thump It felt as if someone was using it as a punch bag When the seat wasn t being punche [...]

    3. This novel ish might seem completely ridiculous if you ve never heard of Mary Bell No, this is not specifically about Mary Bell, but it may as well be in a lot of ways While it s a first person narrative of a beyond frightful childhood filled with abuse and neglect, it is told from the chilly perspective of a burgeoning psychopath, sort of a nature and nurture colliding horrorshow through the eyes of a six year old girl who already engages in violence toward friends and adults alike at least onc [...]

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    5. There s a strange difficulty in pinning this one down exactly Synopsize many of the vignettes here, and this is clearly a dark, dark account of childhood, bristling with trauma and abuse Kassandra s child voice and tendency towards fantasy belie grim reality, our narrator s own brutality in turn is the only possible outcome But there s a black buoyancy here nonetheless, a kind of undying rictus glee The heroine, if to be trusted, is mostly unfazed by what we take as horrors, and is much disturb [...]

    6. Kassandra and the Wolf is, as the author herself described it, a scary monster of a book Kassandra, your six year old guide, takes you by the hand and invites you into her strange, fragmented world You catch glimpses of innocence and humor, but also witness neglect and horrific sexual abuse Kassandra has undeniably peculiar impressions of reality, visions which are at times laughably curious, at other times incomprehensibly fantastic She tiptoes right over the edge of lucidity and then steals ba [...]

    7. An emotional vortex of a novel It s a quick read thanks to its short self contained chapters, but it s also demanding of the reader who has to place where these moments take place in time and navigate the often disturbing material, made even complex by the fact the narrator acts immune to the abuse she suffers The tone changes from chapter to chapter from blankly observational to surreal to hallucinatory to mythic to something in between all these modes I could feel Karapanou s design but found [...]

    8. One of the most distinctive books I ve read Perhaps the one that comes closest to it is Unica Z rn s Dark Spring Surreal, poetic, fable like short chapters told from the voice of a child narrator Nightmarish fairytales that are, to borrow from one of the blurbs, lovely and sinister Some of the images here will haunt me for a long time Absolutely cannot recommend to anyone because I feel it s a book you will have to page through and decide for yourself, since it touches upon sexual abuse, parenta [...]

    9. Karapanou provides a strikingly raw account of a young girl trying to cope with inconceivable trauma in the only way she can by dilluting it and projecting it into a dreamscape This story, a string of vignettes that read like nightmares, describes the life of little Kassandra as a meeting place of imagination and reality as she struggles to deal with an abundance of cruelty and abuse Evoking pure revulsion, Kassandra and the Wolf is not an easy read, and in fact you will find yourself horrified [...]

    10. This book is impossible to describe It is written in little tiny chapters, some are only a few sentences, and just give a glimpse into the world of Kassandra The writing is very much like a child unfiltered, lacking in understanding, full of magic She does not have a normal upbringing and appears to spend some time in a mental facility And as John Updike says in a cover blurb, it includes a vicious pre pubescent sexual element But the writing Here s a glimpse One day, my Mother, Kassandra, broug [...]

    11. I was born at dusk, hour of the wolf, July, under the sign of Cancer When they brought me to her, she turned her face to the wall What s closest to my heart reading wise these days are books by women authors who ve breathed life into female narrators with strange and powerful voices Kassandra and the Wolf is one of those books unsettling, unusual, and written in a prose lyrical and surprising even in translation Karapanou has an eye for viciousness, for unexpected thoughts and combinations and c [...]

    12. Terrible things happen It s hard to get upset about it though because the protagonist, possibly a child throughout although even this isn t clear to me, has the perceptions and the amorality of an animal She goes to a slaughterhouse for example because of she loves the smell and feel of the carcasses on hooks while there she may or may not be violated by one of the butchers She bites people for the hell of it What is this novel about, anyway Child abuse I m not sure the protagonist is a child pe [...]

    13. It is a shame that I only find a piece of literature this good a few times a year This is up there with Donoso s The Obscene Bird of Night, Aira s Episode, and Perec s Life If anyone has similar recommendations, please let me know.

    14. The Birdman lived on a high mountain and loved the Fishwoman very much But they could never manage to meet each other, you see, because he couldn t get in the water and she couldn t fly That s why the Bird always flew over the sea, and the Fish always followed in the waves, until, finally, the Bird covered it and became its Shadow Before that none of us had a Shadow We walked about quite plain and we were cold too But from that time on, the Shadow was born, and now we all have one to keep us com [...]

    15. One day, my mother, Kassandra, brought me a lovely doll as a present She was big, and she had yellow strings instead of hair.I put her to sleep in her box, but first I cut off her legs and arms so she d fit.Later, I cut her head off too, so she wouldn t be so heavy Now I love her very much.

    16. The best novellas are, I think, comparable to lightning bolts Brief and sharp experiences that recalibrate the senses completely Kassandra and the Wolf by Margarita Karapanou is one such novella It s not easy to describe what this book is about since many of its facets are deliberately indeterminate About the most I can say is this Kassandra is a girl, and she is severely troubled The events appear to take place when she is 6 years old, and the majority of the other characters treat her as thoug [...]

    17. I always find the weirdest books to read when I ve just had a baby they must be short, episodic novels or short stories Fiction Read while nursing, or while watching the baby sleep And, yeah, this is a dirty little book Sometimes I just had to stop and look up and take a deep breath before going on But fun, too, crazy and sick, nightmarish fun I read this in high school but don t remember much of that experience I am thinking differently about my teacher now Hmm.

    18. Het is een eigenzinnige boek maar aangenaam interessant Een reeks verhalen verteld door een kind Ze zijn grappig, wreed, speels en vol fantasie Maar vooral zo goed geschreven.

    19. Many reviewers are concerned with the voice that tells this story Kassandra is a child of five or six years, and the narrative is in first person present tense Readers understand about the confusing events Kassandra witnesses and participates in, and yet the prose is consistently too sophisticated to be a transcription of a child s mind One reviewer suggested that the narrator is an adult Kassandra writing from a mental institution Given the abuse the child suffers, it makes sense that she has [...]

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