Kijk op Boeken Auteur: Nadia Stancioff
Ten years after the death of Maria Callas, Nadia Stancioff has risen to the challenge posed by her close friend. Although biographies have been written about Callas the prima donna, the consummate stage magician, and offstage, the tragic lover of Aristotle Onassis, this is the first account of Maria the woman—violent and unpredictable, warmhearted and enchanting—by someone who was close to her. Nadia shares memories of the Maria who, accompanied by radio, gave impromptu concerts of Beatles hits and Mexican ballads; of the Maria who starved herself to conform to the image expected of a world-class celebrity but would go into rhapsodies about a plate of pasta. When Maria suffered the loss of her lover Onassis, Nadia weathered her frustrated tantrums and comforted her on Greece's lovely beaches and in hotel rooms around the world. To her own warm memories of Callas, Nadia Stancioff adds the insights of Maria's friends, her colleagues, her long-silent sister, Jackie, even her enemies and rivals. The figure that emerges is intriguing, infuriating, mystifying—endlessly fascinating; and we come to un-derstand, with Nadia, that there was no single Maria Callas.
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