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A female student cuts short her studies in Athens and returns to her family in Chania, Crete. Accidentally, she discovers one of her grandfather's documents and delves deeper and deeper into his life and the recent history of the city. Why and how did the Germans remain in Chania till June 1945? Why did the Germans, under British orders, enforce law and order during May and June 1945 after the official surrender of Germany? This is a book about history and its narration, about the events and how they affect our everyday life, about the individual and one's place in the world; about the dialectics of simple and complex facts, individualism and collectivity, public and private life, justice and injustice, yesterday and today. The novel Justice is a Tough Cookie, although complete, could be considered the second part of a trilogy in progress with the general title In the Line of Myth and History, its first part being The Innocent and the Guilty.
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.