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31 August 2021
A gorgeous Greek modern classic about three sisters coming-of-age over the course of three summers, introduced by Polly Samson 'That summer we bought big straw hats. Maria's had cherries around the rim, Infanta's had forget-me-nots, and mine had poppies as red as fire. . .' Three Summers is a warm and tender tale of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Living in a ramshackle old house with their divorced mother are flirtatious, hot-headed Maria, beautiful but distant Infanta, and dreamy and rebellious Katerina, through whose eyes the story is mostly observed. Over three summers, the girls share and keep secrets, fall in and out of love, try to understand the strange ways of adults and decide what kind of adults they hope to become.
By:   Margarita Liberaki
Introduction by:   Victoria Hislop
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   191g
ISBN:   9780241475065
ISBN 10:   0241475066
Series:   Penguin European Writers
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   31 August 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Margarita Liberaki (1919-2001) was a Greek novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Her acclaimed novel Three Summers is still taught in Greek schools and tops lists as one of the country's favourite books of all time. It is also widely beloved in France, where it was first published on the recommendation of Albert Camus, who wrote to Liberaki- The sun has disappeared from books these days... You are one of those who pass it on.

Reviews for Three Summers

A dreamy modernist gem of a novel... elegant and striking * Publishers Weekly * A leisurely, large-hearted coming-of-age novel, earthy and innocent, nostalgic and beautifully rendered * Kirkus * A dreamy, cinematic tapestry of Greek village life * NPR * We must be grateful to the Penguin European Writers series, a precious venture in these dark times -- John Banville The sun has disappeared from books these days... You are one of those who pass it on -- Albert Camus to Margarita Liberaki Drifting blossom, girlish secrets and lantern-lit dances pervade the 1946 Greek classic Three Summers, by Margarita Liberaki, featuring three sisters on the brink of adulthood on a pre-civil-war country estate at Kifi ssia, outside Athens. Just reissued, this innocent gem is often compared to Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle * Country & Townhouse *

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