Lilika Nakos Deborah Tannen - Essay

Deborah Tannen

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Nakos's approach to literature is pragmatic; she believes that it should enlighten and give hope to its readers. Thus her novels can be seen as social documents, exposing the hardships of working people, of exploited children, and of women. Moreover, certain of her works were written with specific social purposes. Her collection of stories, The Children's Hell [also published as The Children's Inferno], alerted the world to the great famine in Athens during the German Occupation of World War II, and Toward a New Life exposes the abuses of the Metaxas dictatorship in Greece which immediately predated that war. Yet all her novels, while accurately portraying difficult, even wretched, social...

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