Another Life: On Memory, Language, Love, and the Passage of Time

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Other Press (NY)
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5.2 X 0.8 X 7.6 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Theodor Kallifatides has published more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have been translated around the world. Born in Greece in 1938, Kallifatides immigrated in 1964 to Sweden, where he began his literary career. As a translator, he has brought August Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman to Greek readers, and Giannis Ritsos and Mikis Theodorakis to Swedish ones. He has received numerous awards for his work in both Greece and Sweden. He lives in Sweden.

Marlaine Delargy has translated novels by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Kristina Ohlsson, and Helene Tursten, as well as The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist (Other Press) and Therese Bohman's Drowned (Other Press). She lives in England.


"Charming...Kallifatides has a novelist's ear for anecdote, a dramatist's for dialogue, and a poet's for aphorism." --Times Literary Supplement

"Kallifatides has written an unusual and refreshing memoir...A fascinating look into a prolific author's mind, especially welcome since there have not been enough English translations of his books." --Kirkus Reviews

"The work of Greek-born Swedish writer Theodor Kallifatides is not widely known in the United States. But based on the merits of his charming, late-life memoir...that shameful wrong needs to be righted. Slender in size, yet anything but slight in scope, this inviting meditation on age, writing and sense of place, beautifully translated into English by Marlaine Delargy, is witty, profound and thoroughly captivating...[an] exquisite book." --BookPage

"[A] poetic and philosophical memoir...Traveling in his mind, Kallifatides produces a restless and thought-provoking read." --World Literature Today

"In his elegiac, tender meditation on migrations, both geographic and psychic--from one country to another, from one language to another, from youth to old age, from the time of the present to memories of the past--Kallifatides offers his reader a personal politics of the human." --Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World

"Down to the smallest comma, it's a pleasure to read Another Life." --Svenska Dagbladet

"Wonderful...The strongest pages of Theodor Kallifatides's writing--the delicate, finely philosophical--characterize his new work Another Life, a thin book with deep insights." --Arbetarbladet

"Kallifatides's relationship to the words and the story resembles a fifty-year love affair." --Sveriges Radio