I Shall Sign as Loui

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Northwestern University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 201 pages
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In I Shall Sign as Loui, the renowned Greek writer Rhea Galanaki has given us a powerful, passionate story of the life of a historical figure told through fictional letters. Loui has grown up in western Greece and has been educated in Italy. He befriends Victor Hugo and Edgar Quinet, travels in the same circles as Karl Marx, and participates in the Italian underground and student uprisings in support of Garibaldi. Loui's letters to Louisa cover a life spent traveling across Europe, from Patras and the Ionian Islands to Italy and Paris, and his experiences in the revolutionary movements of mid-nineteenth-century Europe and America. With lyrical, haunting prose, Galanaki blends fiction and reality to tell a story as rich in emotion as it is in history.

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This historical novel is based on the life of 19th-century Greek poet-revolutionary Andreas Rigopoulos, who used the pseudonym Loui when writing to Edgar Quinet, a French intellectual and activist of ... Read full review


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Rhea Galanaki is considered Greece's premier woman novelist. Born in Crete in 1947, Galanaki studied history and archaeology at the University of Athens and was a founding member of the Society of Greek Writers. She is the author of several books of poetry and criticism as well as two other novels, The Life of Ismail Ferik Pasha (P. Owen, 1996), which was the first Greek novel ever included in the 1994 UNESCO Collection of Representative Works. In 1999, Eleni, or Nobody won the Greek State Prize for Best Novel, and was one of the three candidates for the European Aristeion Prize for Literature. Galanaki lives in Patras, Greece.

Helen Dendrinou Kolias is a senior lecturer in the Department of Classics at Cornell University. She has translated the autobiography of Elisavet Moutzan-Martinengou.

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