Poetry & Literature (22)
From its first appearance in 1903 The Murderess has been regarded as Alexandros Papadiamandiss finest work. Set on his native island of Skiathos it tells the story of Hadoula, a widow with grown-up children, who has convinced herself that it is better little girls should leave this life when young so that they and their parents should not suffer the trials that inevitably would be inflicted on them by an inequitable society. In the throes of this misguided compassion she first murders her own granddaughter and afterwards finds herself set on a course she is unable to stop despite the promptings of her conscience and her awareness of the consequences.
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It is A.D. 274. Emperor Lucius Domitus Aurelianus rules the Roman Empire with the belief that no one is mightier than he and his gods. Kings tremble before him, and his subjects worship him as a new Jupiter, who holds the lives of men and nations in his hand. The Roman Peace means prosperity, security and happiness to the noble families of Rome.
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The seventeen poems in this monograph (written in English by the philosopher and literary critic Demetrios Capetanakis, who died in London of an incurable disease in 1944 at the age of 32) are described by John Lehmann as one of the most astonishing literary achievements I have ever come across. Introduction by Edith Sitwell
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Rembetika, Greece's urban folk music, which became the basis for its present day popular bouzouki music, could be paralleled to the blues of America. This book, written by an ethno-musicologist who lived for several years in Greece, is an enthusiastic personal account of the genre and an introduction to its sociological and musical bases. In Greek translation. In addition to the original text and song lyrics the Greek edition includes a selection of articles about rembetika music by leading Greek musicologists and writers, published in the Greek press between 1947 and 1976.
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This absorbing book presents the picture of Greece from the fall of Constantinople to the arrival of Byron as seen through the eyes of English poets, essayists and travellers, and shows that philhellenism has a much longer history than most people realize.
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Angelos Sikelianos (1884-1951) was one of the major Greek poets of the 20th century. There are two main aspects to his poetry: the lyrical affirmation of the natural world and the vision of the seer who knows that the natural world is doomed to tragic suffering. This bilingual edition includes poems from the poet' s varied forms.
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During the last hundred and more years the Greek world has produced a wealth of poetry that is as astonishing in its scope as it is in its vigour, and this anthology brings together a selection from the works of the five poets who may be said to take pride of place in substantiating this achievement. Two of them, George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis, are Nobel Laureates, Cavafy is certainly one of the most ubiquitous poets of our times, the oracular grandeur of Angelos Sikelianos companions him with W. B. Yeats, while Nikos Gatsos is a fine lyrical poet and song writer.
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Dionysius Solomos (1798- 1857), who is often given the epithet of father of modern Greek poetry, endeavoured to forge an ideal for Greek poetry and for the Greek people that should be an expression of the highest purposes his spirit could conceive. This study of Solomoss life and work is written in a style that is acute and clear, and set off with a well-tempered wit.
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