New publication: 'I am not Maria - I am Callas: Her real life and an eon of myths'

Maria Callas

A new book on Maria Callas (1923-1977), one of the greatest opera singers, has been published in Greek in the year of the diva's birth centennial, providing a portrait based on interviews and source material of the 'real Maria', ANA reports.

The book, "I am not Maria - I am Callas: Her Real Life and an Eon of Myths" was written by journalist Michalis Dimitriou, who aims to deconstruct the false media reports and tales surrounding Maria Callas, as reported in the popular press, about "dying early because of her desperate love for Onassis" and sacrificing herself for her stage persona, "paying for this in ineffable, deadly loneliness". He also debunks the myths that she maintained a state of war with her mother and sister and spent the last part of her life "in mourning Onassis and her lost glory."

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