Translated by Karen Emmerich Published in Greece in 1978 and never before translated into English, this novel is widely considered one of Vassilikos's finest. Brilliant and inspiring, the story is told in the voice of a mysterious, deceased Greek writer's biographer. As his research unfolds and the biography develops, the boundary between the fictive and the real fuse together, until the narrator ends in questioning the very existence of Glafkos. Irreverent and comically absurd, this masterpiece stands at the crossroads of magic realism and political fiction.
Vassilis Vassilikos, one of Greece's most acclaimed novelists, has published more than 90 books, including novels, short stories, essays, poetry and plays. His novel Z was first published 1967 and has since been translated into 32 languages. Karen Emmerich is the recipient of Fulbright and Onassis fellowships, and has translated work by Rhea Galanake and Margarita Karapanou to great acclaim. In 1999 she won the Elizabeth Constantinides Translation Prize from the Modern Greek Studies Association.