Anyone who has ever lived with cats knows how cunning, tender, smart, ferocious, underhanded, ingenious, foolish, and completely adorable they can be. These words describe Sugar Zach to a T.
This is the epic story of the love between Sugar Zach–in his seventh life, a keenly intelligent and observant cat–and The Damsel–a writer with a frenetic, dispersive lifestyle and an apparent abhorrence of things feline. Sugar's powers of observation and analysis are unparalleled and after six lives lived among people from all walks of life he has countless stories to tell and a remarkable talent for telling them. His real area of expertise, however, lies in his preternatural ability to domesticate his humans–whatever you do, don't even suggest that we are the ones who domesticate him. Yet he is flummoxed by The Damsel's indifference to his charms. But he is not going to let her coldness stop him: one way or another, he is going to insinuate himself into her life and her art.
With wit and a broad repertoire of cultural references, Sugar recounts his days and nights spent with The Damsel in a novel that fits squarely into the illustrious tradition of feline literature à la T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Baudelaire, Bukowski, and Céline.
About the Author
Lena Divani was born in Volos, Greece. She is the author of novels, short stories and plays. This is her first novel to appear in English.
Konstantine Matsoukas was born in 1959 in Athens, Greece, where he currently lives and works as a translator, freelance writer and literary critic. His most recent book is For Four Hands, which he co-wrote with the poet Maria Topali.
Praise for Seven Lives And One Great Love: Memoirs of a Cat
"A book that will move you and make you laugh." —Silvana Mazzocchi, La Repubblica
"Cat-lovers had better not miss Seven Lives and One Great Love. But this is also a book for anyone who wants to know more about cat-love or simply one for readers who love well written and original fiction." —Elena Romanello, Liberi di Scrivere
"An entertaining, at times moving, funny, and edifying novel that is full of practical advice for penetrating both great truths about the universe and the mysterious minds of cats." —Maria Stella Gariboldi, LuukMagazine