Peter Levi (1931-2000) was a poet, translator, novelist, and professor of classics at Oxford. Educated at Catholic schools, he was ordained as a priest in 1964 and remained one until 1977. He wrote more than twenty volumes of poetry, and from 1984 to 1989 held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford.
To be born poor and female on the wretched Aegean island of Skiathos is a fate worse than death, or so old Hadoula has come to believe. In this beautiful and astonishing novella, the father of modern Greek fiction shows what happens when she takes matters—literally—into her own hands.