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Beaton (modern Greek & Byzantine history, language & literature, King's Coll., London; George Seferis, Waiting for the Angel: A Biography) translates, edits, and introduces Seferis's (1900-71) prose, poems, and sketches to present the Nobel prize winner's account of his life in exile during and after the three-and-a-half-year German occupation of his homeland of Greece. In simply written journal entries covering the years 1941-44 and 1953-56, Seferis describes the difficulties of work and the anxieties of daily life as a diplomat being whisked from post to post to serve in Amman, Cairo, Cyprus, Damascus, Jerusalem, and other locations throughout the region. We see these places as Seferis saw them then, e.g., through hotel windows while awaiting the next frantic move in the night, on darkened trains, and we are touched by his observations of the oppressive nature of rivers and the liberating inspiration of the sea-although he makes exception with the Dead Sea. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.
—David L. Reynolds