Maro Douka

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Maro Douka
Born 1947
Chania, Greece
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Greek
Period 1974–present

Maro Douka (Greek: Μάρω Δούκα; born 1947) is a Greek novelist. She has lived in Athens since 1966 and she studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens.[1] She belongs to the so-called Genia tou 70, which is a literary term referring to Greek authors who began publishing their work during the 1970s; her debut work, Η Πηγάδα, based on her imprisonment in 1967 by the Military Junta, was published in 1974, just a few months after the Metapolitefsi.

She was awarded the Nikos Kazantzakis Prize of the Municipality of Heraklion for Η αρχαία σκουριά and the Greek State Prize for Literature for Η πλωτή πόλη (declining the latter). Αθώοι και φταίχτες, was awarded the Balkanika Prize for Literature,[2] the Kostas and Eleni Ouranis Prize of the Academy of Athens[3] and the Cavafy prize.[4] She has also been awarded the N. Themelis prize for her last novel Έλα να πούμε ψέματα.[5]

She is a founding member of the Hellenic Authors' Society.[6] At the 2014 local elections, she was elected to the City Council of Athens under the "Anoihti Poli" Syriza ticket,[7] led by the candidate Gabriel Sakellaridis.



  • Η αρχαία σκουριά (Fool's Gold), 1979 (translated into English,[8] French,[9] Italian,[10] Serbian and Albanian).
  • Η πλωτή πόλη (The Floating City), 1983 (translated into German[11])
  • Οι λεύκες ασάλευτες (The Immobile Aspens), 1987
  • Εις τον πάτο της εικόνας (At the Bottom of the Picture), 1990 (translated into French[12])
  • Ένας σκούφος από πορφύρα (Come Forth, King), 1995 (translated into English[13] and Italian[14])
  • Ουράνια μηχανική (Celestial Mechanics), 1999 (translated into Italian[15])
  • Αθώοι και φταίχτες (The Innocent and the Guilty), 2004 (translated into Serbian[16] and Turkish[17])
  • Το δίκιο είναι ζόρικο πολύ (Justice is something very hard), 2010
  • Έλα να πούμε ψέματα (Come, let us tell lies), 2014

Short fiction[edit]

  • Η Πηγάδα (The Cauldron), 1974
  • Πού ’ναι τα φτερά; (Where are the Wings?), 1975
  • Καρέ φιξ (Carré Fixe), 1976
  • Γιατί εμένα η ψυχή μου (Because my soul), 2012


  • Ο πεζογράφος και το πιθάρι του (The Writer and his Jar), 1992
  • Τα μαύρα λουστρίνια (The Black Leather Shoes), 2005
  • Τίποτα δεν χαρίζεται (Nothing is for granted), 2016


  • Σας αρέσει ο Μπραμς; (Do you like Brahms?), 2001[18]


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