Elvira Dones

Sworn Virgin (first edition)

‘Elvira Dones is among the best of Albania’s writers and her publication in English is excellent news.’ Ismail Kadare

When Hana’s dying uncle calls her back from the city to the family home in the Albanian mountains, he tries to marry her to a local man who could run the household. Unable to accept the arranged marriage and determined to remain independent, Hana’s only option is to follow tradition and vow to live the rest of her life in chastity as a man – and so Hana becomes Mark. For a sworn virgin, there is no way back.

Years later, Mark – now a raki-drinking, chain-smoking shepherd – receives an invitation to join a cousin in the US. This may be Mark’s only chance to escape his vow. But what does he know about being an American woman?

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Print status: Available
Author: Elvira Dones
Translator: Clarissa Botsford
Original language: Italian
Format: B-format paperback with flaps
Publication date: 15 May 2014
ISBN: 9781908276346
Ebook ISBN: 9781908276353
Availability: World
Number of pages: 288