Ioanna Karystiani (Athens, Greece) was born on the island of Crete in the town of Chania. Her literary debut came with the collection of short stories, I kyria Kataki. She has since written three novels, all of which have been translated into several languages. She wrote the screenplay for The Brides, directed by Pandelis Vulgaris and produced by Martin Scorsese, and Estrella mi vida, directed by Costa Gavras. She received the Greek state prize for literature and the Athenian Academy prize for her first novel, and the Diavaso literature prize for her second. She currently lives in Athens.
"* "A group of women you won't easily forget." - Die Welt * "When a novel offers such a rich reading, when it gives you such joy that you want to sip it word by word or to go back and reread parts before you have even finished it, then you know that something truly remarkable is happening. The Jasmine Isle is finely wrought fiction that offers its readers immense pleasure." - To Vima * "The often coarse beauty of the language, like the landscape itself, makes this novel an extraordinary reading pleasure." - Die Wochenzeitung * "Karystiani skillfully, almost surreptitiously, plumbs the relationships between her characters and touches upon weighty themes almost without a sound. She carefully gives each character his or her autonomous existence and allows them the chance to narrate their lives. Karystiani's The Jasmine Isle changes the way all of us see modern Greece." - Neue Zurcher Zeitung"