Lilika Nakos Critical Essays


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Lilika Nakos 1899?–

(Born Ioulia Nakos; also transliterated as Nakou) Greek novelist, journalist, memoirist, and short story writer.

Nakos's fiction is known for its use of demotic Modern Greek and for its introduction into Greek literature of women's viewpoints and social issues, subjects previously considered unsuitable for a Greek writer. Nakos's short story collection I kolasi ton paidion (1944; The Children's Inferno) is her only work readily available in English. Based on her experiences as a nurse during the German occupation of Greece, the book was smuggled into Switzerland and is considered responsible for the aid sent to Greece by the International Red Cross. Many of the works for which Nakos is praised are candid and sensitive treatments of mother and daughter relationships.