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Fotini Epanomitis Fotini Epanomitis i(A24950 works by)
Born: Established: 1969 Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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Fotini Epanomitis was born in Australia in the year her parents migrated from Greece. She has received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Master of Arts in Literature from Curtin University where later she was employed as a lecturer. She read from her work at both the Perth and Melbourne Writers' Festivals in 1993. Her magic realism writing has been compared with that of Isabel Allende. Epanomitis received a grant from the Australia Council allowing her to work on her second novel.

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes in these languages:ENGLISH

Awards for Works

The Mule's Foal 1993 single work novel

'In one despairing moment Theodosios abandons his wife and gorilla child and then spends a lifetime trying to get them back. But what's a lifetime in a place like this?

'One minute you're a woman. The next you're a bear. There's a woman here who is neither man nor woman. And a man who's both man and beast.

'Here nothing belongs to you - not even your grief. People steal your letters and gossip your thoughts before you've spoken them. And when they're desperate - and at some point everyone is desperate - they go to the whorehouse. . . From the centre of chaos, Mirella, the ancient whore, finds a calm place to tell this unforgettable, timeless tale.' (Publication summary)

1997 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
1994 winner Diabetes Australia Prize for Innovative Writing and the Sheaffer Pen Prize
1994 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Sheaffer Pen Prize for Young Adult Fiction
1994 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South-East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book Award
1992 winner The Australian / Vogel National Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript)
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