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Inside a Girl Like You



Original Language: Greek | 384 pp. | 2009

2 Seas Represents: Dutch Rights.

Full Italian Translation and English Sample available!

Angela Dimitrakaki’s new book fills a great gap in contemporary Greek literature … . – Roula Georgakopoulou, Ta Nea Newspaper

A truly modern and bold … novel … –  Vivliodromio

(Dimitrakaki’s heroine), Katina Mela, constitutes … the epitome of the anxieties and contradictions inherent in any contemporary young person searching for an identity today … -Ta Nea Newspaper


“… the death of a father reduces the sense of oppression a young woman feels by 60%. If she’s a lesbian, by 80%. When my father dies, I’m sure I’ll feel the castle on my back crumbling, the bricks metamorphosing into feathers.”

A daring book about finding, or not, one’s identity in an ever-changing world.

Angela Dimitrakaki’s Inside a girl like you has been short-listed for three literary awards in Greece: the Diavazo Literary Prize for Best Novel, the Athens Prize for Literature and the Academy of Athens Prize for Best Novel, which it did not receive due to its controversial content.
The novel tells the story of a 29-year old Greek-American woman, Katina Melas, who migrates to Greece from the US, following the death of her mother and the end of her relationship with her female lover, Tamara. Relocating to Athens in 2006, Katina plunges head-on into an everyday reality where anything goes: low wages and parties in affluent suburbs, xenophobia and the facade of technological plenitude, sexual permissiveness and sexual hypocrisy, street protests, wildfires, murders in hot blood and life as usual.

Conscious of her double ‘otherness’, as a lesbian and a foreigner, and with her life turning into a tale of absurdity, Katina remains haunted by the secrets of her past, including a consensual sexual encounter with her mother. Yet what divides her public and private existence is the enigmatic, world-famous lesbian poetess Thalassia Yle, the subject of Katina’s PhD at Princeton, which she suspended after her mother’s death. When she reveals the reasons why, at an international conference in the summer of 2007, everyone learns a lesson about the unfathomable depths where art meets life.

A meditation on the bond with the mother, the challenges of literature in globalisation and the many failed projects of integration that this new social space nurtures, the novel attempts, in its most daring moments, to reflect on the possibility of boundless, unhinged love as the condition of being human.