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“Grace” is a dwelling; a nondescript institution, a hotel or, even, a temple. The people who escaped there forced by the good weather or mere loneliness, are now its dwellers. Curisously, they abide by the peculiar regulations of the edifice – which are ordered by the invisible owner and enforced by the Grace’s meteorologist, Ourania, with the help of Androklis, who was later named Ieroklis. Among the denizens of the building is Vassilis, a refined and rather philosophical man, who commits crimes because he believes that his surroundings are made out of paper. Thus, in the mist of his paranoia, he murders a little girl in order to discern if she is made out of paper or flesh. Her name was Grace. Inside the building lives, also, Grace’s mother as well as other tenants of dubious destinies and psychology. The story is narrated in first, second and third person narration, while the polyphony of the novel is assisted by the alternate roles of narrator and author. A novel that was much loved since its first edition.
Eleni Ladia was born in Athens in 1945. She studied Archaeology and Theology at the University of Athens. She published novels, short stories and essays. Her articles and studies have appeared in magazines and newspapers. Her short stories have been translated in English and French language and her novel “X, the Lion Faced” in Serbian. Honours: 2nd state prize for “Cooper Sleep” 1981 – Prize Academy of Athens Uranis foundation for “Horography” 1991. That book was a candidate for European prize 1992.
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