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Gioconda was first published in 1975 and since then has never ceased to be reprinted, while it has also been translated into many foreign languages to critical acclaim. It is the true story of the first love between two young people from Salonica during the German Occupation. Their love is violently interrupted when Gioconda and her family, like so many other Jews of the city, are put on that road of no return, leading to the concentration camps.
Nikos Kokantzis (1927-2009) was born in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. He studied Medicine in Thessaloniki University and was specialized in Psychiatry (and then Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy) in London, where he lived for many years. Gioconda was published in 1975 becoming a classic overnight and was reissued by Patakis Publishers in March 2005, together with the publication of Nine Stories and a Libretto and a selection of his poetry under the title Quartet.
Korean (Theory and Praxis Publishing)
Chinese (Bridging Group)
Arabic (Dar Khan Publishing House)
Catalan (Pages Editores)
Turkish (Once Kitap)
French (Editions de l’aube)
Hebrew (Hakkibbutz Hameuchad Publishing)
Italian (L’epos Societa Editrice)