Greece: A Traveler's Literary Companion

Greece: A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Artemis Leontis, Katherine Silver
     
 

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Discover Greece — a country that has inspired centuries of travel — through its best modern writers. Against a superb landscape of islands, rocks, caves, villages, windmills, vineyards, cities, ports, beaches, and ruins, all bathed in the rich light of the Mediterranean, these twenty-four stories draw from the long oral and written evolution of the Greek

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Discover Greece — a country that has inspired centuries of travel — through its best modern writers. Against a superb landscape of islands, rocks, caves, villages, windmills, vineyards, cities, ports, beaches, and ruins, all bathed in the rich light of the Mediterranean, these twenty-four stories draw from the long oral and written evolution of the Greek literary tradition. Incorporating myths, the meditative tranquillity of the region, and a past full of struggle and civil war, these stories are arranged by geographical region for the traveler and provide an enriching odyssey through the Greek landscape and mind. Contributors include Elli Alexiou, Melpo Axioti, Odysseus Elytis, Michel Faïs, Eugenia Fakinou, Rhea Galanaki, Marios Hakkas, Dimitris Hatzis, Nikos Kazantzakis, Margarita Karapanou, Alexandra Papadopoulou, George Seferis, Vassilis Vassilikos, Ilias Venezis, Leonidas Zenakos, Yiorgos Chouliaras, Georgios Drosinis, Yorgos Ioannou, Christoforos Milionis, Kostas Ouranis, Thanassis Valtinos, Eva Vlami, and Manolis Xexakis.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fifth in a series of travelers' literary companions, this collection of modern Greek prose offers the reader an unusual opportunity to go beyond the usual guidebooks in preparing for a visit to this myth-steeped country. With a promise to "enlighten a traveler to the soul of a place," the book introduces the reader to the history, politics, culture and people of Greece through 24 stories and essays that recall the ancient tales and contemporary tragedies that mark the Greek landscape. What is apparent is the force with which classic mythology has endured in Greek literary tradition. The lives of the heroes are still present in the stories and places visited in this collection. Here we see the continuity between Clytemnestra and a mother who has lost her son to war; we come to the very crossroads where Oedipus encountered and killed his father. Though beautifully written, many of the stories that recall times of occupation and civil strife will probably be difficult for readers unfamiliar with the extremely messy history of Greece since the Balkan Warsa little more context would have been helpful here. Others are poignant, simpler tales of village life and ethnic diversity. Nobel laureates George Seferis and Odysseas Elytis are joined by lesser-known writers whose work appears here in English for the first time. This book won't help a lost tourist find his way among the ruins, but it will certainly enhance a curious traveler's appreciation of the land and its people. (July)
Library Journal
The value of this work is in its Greekness: a selection of 24 piecesstories, essays, and vignettesthat offer a lesson in contemporary Greek history and modern mythology. These are not views of a country by outsiders or expatriates-in-residence. The writers are all 20th-century literary figures in Greece, including two Nobel laureates (George Seferis and Odysseas Elytis) and Nikos Kazantzakis, best known to Western readers for his Zorba the Greek. Collectively, these writers reveal the rich complexity and mystery of the country. Editor Leontis has arranged the work by regions, which is especially handy for the traveler. Author biographies are included at the end of the book. This region is not easily understood, as illustrated in the brief piece by Manolis Xexakis titled "The Smile from the Abyss," in which village women wash the skulls of the dead on Saturday of the Soulsa simple act with a complicated history. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.Janet N. Ross, Sparks Branch Lib., Nev.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883513047
Publisher:
Whereabouts Press
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
Travelers' Literary Companions Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.26(h) x 0.82(d)

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