Apostolos Doxiadis

Parallel Life

The novella Parallel Life (1985) is set in the early Christian world. It is a tale of desperate passion: when a young Greek, Melanippos, discovers his wife cheating on him, he leaves home to become a hermit in the Egyptian desert. There are two threads in the story, one following his arduous struggle, the other his errant wife, Hyacinthe, who eventually becomes a prostitute in Rome. This is a saint’s life — but which of the two is the saint?

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