First published in the 1950s to international acclaim, Margarita Liberaki’s allegorical novel, The Other Alexander, speaks to the opposing forces inherent in human nature. This exquisite poetic drama reenacts Greek tragedy in its evocation of a country riven by civil war and a family divided against itself.
A tyrannical father leads a double life; he has two families and gives the same first names to both sets of children. In an atmosphere of increasing unease and mistrust, the half-siblings meet, love, hate, and betray one another. Embroiled in absurdity, Liberaki’s characters must confront their doubles, as individual and collective identity is called into question in this tale of psychological and political haunting.
Hailed by Albert Camus as “true poetry,” Liberaki’s sharp, riveting prose, with its echoes of Kafka, consolidates her place in European literature. Considered one of Greece’s most distinctive voices, Margarita Liberaki is essential reading.