“Grim yet gorgeous… Homeric intensity visited on intimate truths.” —Kirkus
Set in the stunning Cyclades Islands, The Jasmine Isle recounts the tragic love story between Spyros Maltabès and the stunningly beautiful Orsa, sentenced by her tyrannical mother and Greek tradition to marry a man she doesn’t love and watch while the man she does love marries another. A modern love story with the force of an ancient Greek tragedy.
Ioanna Karystiani was born on the island of Crete, Greece, in the town of Chania and now lives in Athens. Her literary debut came with the collection of short stories, I kyria Kataki (Ms. Kataki). She has since written three novels, all of which have been translated into several languages. She wrote the screenplay for The Brides, directed by Pandelis Vulgaris and produced by Martin Scorsese, and Estrella mi vida, directed by Costa Gavras. She received the Greek state prize for literature and the Athenian Academy prize for her first novel, and the Diavaso literature prize for her second.