Pope Joan traces the remarkable history of a young woman who, according to tradition, travelled across Europe in the ninth century disguised as a monk, acquired great learning and ruled over Christendom for two years as Pope John VIII before dying in childbirth.
On the books first publication in Athens in 1886, it created a sensation; it was banned and its author excommunicated. The work became nevertheless soon established itself securely in Greek literature. Subsequently Durrell, with his adaptation, created a masterpiece in its own right. Translated and adapted from the Greek of Emmanuel Royidis
©1954 Lawrence Durrell; (P)2009 Audible Ltd
"The most remarkable of his translations and adaptations was his brilliant version of Emmanuel Royidis' novel." (The Times)
"A sophisticated literary delight." (Publishers Weekly)
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"I don't know if it's true, but it's very funny"
one of te best
His irreverent humour, like she was not really old: Her teeth were still whiter than her hair.
The story teller was the best character and made his presence felt.. .
I was certainly sorry when it finished.
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