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ISBN-10: 1609454197
ISBN-13: 9781609454197
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publish Date: 01/02/2018
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.70" H

The Athenian Women

Translator: Anthony Shugaar

Paperback

Price: $17.00

Overview

“A raw and compelling portrait of 411 BC Greece in which women must fight for justice and democracy” by the Strega Prize-winning Italian novelist (La Stampa).

Athens, 411 BC. As the Peloponnesian War draws to a close, a political coup begins to take shape in Athens. Veterans of the infamous battle of Mantinea, Thrasyllus, and Polemon now live as humble farmers in the countryside. They are determined to find influential husbands for their daughters, Glycera and Charis, but first they must defend Athens from the oligarchs plotting to reinstate tyrannical rule. Young and impatient, Glycera and Charis soon become infatuated with their neighbor’s rich and arrogant son, Cimon. When their fathers travel to Athens to see Aristophanes’s latest comedy, the girls use the chance to accept an invitation to Cimon’s house . . . with no notion of what awaits them on their visit.
Alternating between the secret drama playing out in the countryside and the public one playing out onstage in Athens, Alessandro Barbero weaves “a compelling story of women’s valiant struggles to maintain their dignity in a misogynistic society” (Historical Novel Society).

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Praise for The Athenian Women and Alessandro Barbero

"The Athenian Women is a raw and compelling portrait of 411 BC Greece in which women must fight for justice and democracy in the face of oligarchy."
–La Stampa

"[In The Athenian Women] Athens becomes the model of the contradictions that define every age-including this one...."
–La Repubblica

"Quite simply an extraordinarily beautiful book."–WUZ on The Eyes of Venice

"This book is a true gem...The Eyes of Venice will transport you to a place and time like no other."
–Historical Novels Review

"A love story, a war story, a story of hope, a story about encountering the Muslim world. in short, an adventure story."–Panorama on The Eyes of Venice

"Unexpected twists and remarkable encounters, all in the best tradition of dramatic storytelling. With one extra ingredient: intelligent–it might be more accurate to say 'perfect' reconstruction of the historical setting."
–Corriere della Sera

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Details

ISBN-10: 1609454197
ISBN-13: 9781609454197
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publish Date: 01/02/2018
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.70" H
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