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Who was Alexios Komninos, who was warring against the East and the West to save Byzantium from disaster? Who where the women that loved him? Who was trying to poison him? Why did his daughter, Anna Komnini, hate her brother, the coemperor Ioannis? Why did his wife, Irine Douka, wanted Nikiforos Vryennios on the throne? People and events, failures, tears and longings, hopes, erased dreams, destroyed happiness, puniness and sufferings. The novel A Cap of Purpura, attempts to revive the last glimpse of the Byzantine brilliance, and take us on a journey to that difficult time through the point of view of a lowly palatial staff member who, while retired at Sinopi of Pontos, he remembers the past in awe…
Maro Douka was born in 1947 in Chania, Crete. She has been living in Athens since 1966. Her first book, containing the novellas “The Well” and “Some people”, was published in 1974 (Kedros Publishers), followed by another novella, a collection of short stories and seven novels. She was awarded the Nikos Kazantzakis Prize for her novel “Fool’s Gold”, was given a National Book Award for the novel “The Floating City”, and the Costas Ouranis Prose Fiction Award by the Academy of Athens as well as the 2006 Balkanika Award for her novel “The Innocent and the Guilty”. Her short stories and novels have been translated into many European languages.
Italian (Edizioni Voland)