Wildcat under glass

© 1963, 2015
A children's novel

1970 Mildred Batchelder Award (U.S.A.) / 2007 Premio Andersen - Il mondo dell’infanzia (ITALY)

First published in 1963 and translated in about 35 languages, Wildcat under glass is internationally acclaimed as a classic literary work having been successfully and repeatedly published in many countries apart from Greece.

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The story is set on an island in Greece during the 1930’s as the nation is forced into a Fascist dictatorship. It is told through the eyes of a young girl named Melia, who relates the experiences of her family as they are forced to accept life under a repressive government. The book provides an interesting look at an important period of Greek history and tells it from a child’s perspective. The naturalness and liveliness of the dialogue is combined with the seriousness and depth of the meaning. In a playful atmosphere, the reader is aware of and enjoys a mature thought that deals with and analyses social visions while trying to discover the threads that move them. The value of the book consists in precisely this combination. One of its virtues and what makes it universal is also that the narration, although set in Greece at a particular period of time, seems somehow spaceless and timeless.


1. Wildcat under glass, New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1968 (English)
2. Wildcat under glass, New York: Dell Publishing, 1975 (English)
3. Wildcat under glass, London: Victor Gollancz, 1969 (English)
4. Le tigre dans la vitrine, Paris: La Farandole, 1973, 1975 (French)
5. Le tigre dans la vitrine, Paris: Messidor/La Farandole, 1979, 1981 (French)
6. Le tigre dans la vitrine, Paris: Scandéditions/La Farandole, 1994 (French)
7. Le tigre dans la vitrine, Paris: Syros, 1996 (French)
8. Le tigre dans la vitrine, Paris: Pocket Junior, 2001 (French)
9. Le tigre dans la vitrine, Paris: Syros – Groupe Sejer, 2009 (French)
10. Wildkatze unter Glas, Berlin: Der Kinderbuchverlag, 1972 (German)
11. Der Kinder von Lamagari, Berlin: Lothar Blanvalet, 1972 (German)
12. La tigre in vetrina, Torino: Giulio Einaudi, 1978 (Italian)
13. La tigre in vetrina, Milano: Einaudi Scuola, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 (Italian)
14. La tigre in vetrina, Milano: Salani, 2006 (Italian)
15. El tigre de la vitrina, Barcelona: Empuries, 1988 (Catalán)
16. El tigre en la vitrina, Barcelona: Empuries/Paidós, 1990 (Spanish-Castellano)
17. Tigrea Kristal atzean, Donostia: Elkar, 1991 (Euskera)
18. El tigre en la vitrina, Habana: Gente Nueva, 1985, re-edition 2007 (Spanish)
19. El tigre en la vitrina, Caracas: Monte Avila Editores, 1977 (Spanish)
20. El tigre en la vitrina, Bogota: Babel libros, under publication (Spanish)
21. O tigre na vitrina, Lisbon: Caminho, 1989 (Portuguese)
22. Vildkat I glasbur, Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1970 (Danish)
23. Villikisa katsoo lasin takaa, Helsinki: Werner Soderstrom Osakeyhtio, 1969, 1972 (Finish)
24. Villkatt viser klor, Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1970 (Norwegian)
25. Niko och vildkatten, Stockholm: Rabén & Sjögren, 1970 (Swedish)
26. Panter klaas vitriinis, Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1967 (Estonian)
27. Nas brat Nikos, Moscow: Detskaja Literatura, 1969 (Russian)
28. Moscow: Samokat Publishing, under publication (Russian)
29. A vitrin tigrise, Budapest: Mora Ferenc Konyvkiadó, 1979 (Hungarian)
30. Tiger v stekleni omari, Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, 1980 (Slovenian)
31. Tigri I vitrines, Tirana: Naim Frasheri, 1986 (Albanian)
32. Tigret ot vitrinata, Sofia: Izdatelstvo Otetsestvo, 1984 (Bulgarian)
33. Vitrindeki Kaplan, Istanbul: Boyut, 1989 (Turkish)
34. Karşı Kıyıdan Gelen Kaplan, Istanbul: Arion Yayinevi, 2007 (Turkish)
35. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1970 (Japanese)
36. Donia lel Atfal, Cairo: 1969 (Arabic)
37. Seoul: Changbi Publishers, 2006 (Korean)