Alki Zei was born in Athens and passed her early childhood in Samos, which is reflected in her internationally recognised novel for children. Alki Zei qualifies as one of the most famous and beloved contemporary Greek authors. She was born in Athens in Her studies include philosophy, drama . of 53 results for Books: “Alki Zei” kaplani tis vitrinas / το καπλάνι της βιτρίνας. by zei alki / ζέη άλκη Oct 1, by Alki Zei and Gisèle Jeanperrin.

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At the same time, the viewing of events through the eyes of children and the use of humour that akki the realistic style of texts, make her books extremely popular to the young readership. She was born in Athens in The innovative and avant-garde novels, short stories and plays that she has written have obtained many distinctions and awards, including a State prize, an Athens Zfi award, various national and international distinctions and, ultimately, the Honorary Doctorate proclamation of hers by the Universities of Cyprus and Salonika.

From to she lived as a political refugee in the Soviet Union.

She married to the theatre play writer Giorgos Sevastikoglou died in and had two children. But at the same time these difficult and uneasy themes are incorporated in intriguing adventures with lovely characters, funny stories and a lot of suspense. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the alik article. These purely autobiographic short stories, beyond their literary value, also play the role of adjacent material to her main novels, as they offer information that helps explain her thematic preferences, her inspiration, her literary, social and ideological influences.

The use of modern narrative techniques, like boxing, artful intertextual integration, inner monologue, mail insertion, narrator alternations first or third person from novel to novel, multiple viewing angle of events, use of time through acceleration, flashbacks and foreshadowing, but mainly the design of characters and the dynamic development of the plot of the novels, as well as the use of figurative language, reveal the strength of her writing.


If someone sees it in cold blood, he would wonder whether we should tell children such a horror story.

Except Achille’s fiancee, all her books address mainly to children and teenagers, but are always read with great pleasure by adults as well. But although her stories are set in really lived historical context, she is neither exhaustive in History account nor instructive towards readers. Alki Zei qualifies as one of the zek famous and beloved contemporary Greek authors.

For more guidance, see Wikipedia: Kolokotronis and Ritsos belong to the same generation. This was followed by a series of books for children, and in by her first novel for adults, Achilles Fiancee. Are you an author? Among the various national and international distinctions she has obtained for her work, the greatest recognition comes from the readers, who read passionately her books and place them in the top of the best seller lists. She has lived an important part of her life as a political refugee in the Soviet Union and in Paris, until the reconstitution of the parliamentary republic in Greece in Her work is characterized by realism, social concern for contemporary problems of urban society and respect for historical truth.

Since the years of the German occupation in Greece during Second World War, she has fought actively for freedom, social justice and democracy, being part of the left wing movement. Almost fifty years after its first publication, it is now considered a classic book of the international literature for children. Naturally, the greatest virtue of her books remains their exquisite literary value which derives from masterly expression, perfect plot and a subtle sense of humour, thus resulting to breathless reading.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Alki Zei took up writing very young.

Where faces without eyes, bodies without heads, breasts with the nipples cut off are not the outcome of torture in the detention centre in Bouboulinas Street but the symbolic images used by someone who suffers. At the same time, moral values, like for example solidarity, daring or sincerity, emerge from her books, as well as discreet ideological messages, but with no attempt to moralize or preach.


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But, alas, that was a true story that happened indeed during the Nazi occupation. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.

But, when she was a young woman she was involved with the Greek Resistance against the German occupation during World War However, education, reading and open mind are elements that can change the image. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.

Historic events in her work are often connected with testimony, since the author, by the interference of autobiographic elements, takes part, meddles in history, and questions the relation of herself with the environment.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. With unparalleled humour, the independent-minded Constantina teases her grandmother by confusing Kolokotronis and Yiannis Ritsos.

Please help by adding reliable sources. Within the stories of her books she transforms her own experiences into novels, however always keeping enough distance from autobiography but allowing her heroes to view things through her own angle. Her books have been translated into numerous languages. Wildcat Under Glasswas inspired by her childhood spent in Samos and is semi-autobiographical.

Watching her, you sense she has a history.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Alki Zei was born in Athens and passed her early childhood in Samos, where her mother was from.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Her biographical narrative With a Faber number two pencil completes the picture of her life, offering in combination with the other two novels an overview of the recent Greek history.