ANCIENT GREECE BROUGHT TO LIFE. Recent years have shown a huge interest in fiction set to the stories of Ancient Greece. From Madeline Miller’s bestselling novels CIRCE and THE SONG OF ACHILLES to Pat Barker’s modern day retelling of THE ILLIAD in THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS, readers are eager to connect those historic legends and myths to more recent time periods.
ESCAPIST FICTION DURING WWII. Just as the characters in THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY used their book club and characters in THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIR used their church choir as ways to escape the harsh realities of war, the characters in THE SIEGE OF TROY use the heroic stories of Ancient Greece to escape the terrors of a Nazi-occupied Greek village.
TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. The role of teachers as educators, protectors, and rescuers is of perennial interest to readers. From Tobias Wolff’s OLD SCHOOL to Donna Tartt’s THE SECRET HISTORY, literature has presented a wide-array of teachers whose influence on their students reaches much further than the walls of a classroom.
ACADEMIC AND COURSE ADOPTION POTENTIAL. Just as THE MERSAULT INVESTIGATION has become an essential companion to THE STRANGER in high school and university courses, THE SIEGE OF TROY has tremendous potential for course adoption. We will promote heavily at NCTE and academic conferences.
“Kallifatides has done a splendid job of retelling The Iliad…[The Siege of Troy] possesses the elegance and eloquence of simplicity. It’s a lovely introduction to Homer’s original.” —Booklist
“An enigmatic teacher brings the Trojan War to unforgettable life, while her private ambiguity provides a compelling counterpoint to this concise and powerful novel.” —Shelf Awareness
“Violent and poetic, with memorable psychological depth…Kallifatides’s reworking of Homer’s epic provides an intriguing take on the human dimension of the myth and strikes a rich, resonant note.” —Publishers Weekly
“A unique retelling of The Iliad…This is a wonderful novel.” —Boston Globe, Most Anticipated Books of the Season
Praise for Another Life:
“Kallifatides has written an unusual and refreshing memoir…A fascinating look into a prolific author’s mind, especially welcome since there have not been enough English translations of his books.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The work of Greek-born Swedish writer Theodor Kallifatides is not widely known in the United States. But based on the merits of his charming, late-life memoir…that shameful wrong needs to be righted. Slender in size, yet anything but slight in scope, this inviting meditation on age, writing and sense of place, beautifully translated into English by Marlaine Delargy, is witty, profound and thoroughly captivating…[an] exquisite book.” —BookPage
“In his elegiac, tender meditation on migrations, both geographic and psychic—from one country to another, from one language to another, from youth to old age, from the time of the present to memories of the past—Kallifatides offers his reader a personal politics of the human.” —Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World
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