Data from the Decade of the Sixties: A Novel

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Northwestern University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 307 pages
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Thanassis Valtinos juxtaposes character voices, stories, and news clips to highlight the clash of the past and the present in Greece during a period of unprecedented cultural transformation. In the 1960s, the Greek monarchy gave way to a republic (via dictatorship); an agricultural society became industrialized; and, no less significant, marriages - formerly arranged - could be based on love.
The many voices in this impressive chronicle coalesce in a series of fictional documents, ranging from personal correspondence between friends and family members to news reports and advertisements. The reader is privy to letters written by lovelorn youths begging for guidance from a radio advice guru and to emigration applications of uneducated and underprivileged Greeks. As governments fall, sexologists, fortune-tellers, garage owners, and lonely matrons advertise their specialties and needs in want ads, while the young and resigned cling to the cheap novels, movies, and gossip columns that are the foundation of their barren existence.
Together these fictional testimonies reveal the tumult of 1960s Greece, where generations and values collided as society struggled to adapt. Valtinos examines the pulse of a decade, portraying the spirit of the century in Greece and throughout the world.
  

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
21
Section 3
22
Section 4
25
Section 5
33
Section 6
39
Section 7
41
Section 8
49
Section 19
172
Section 20
179
Section 21
185
Section 22
195
Section 23
221
Section 24
239
Section 25
253
Section 26
255

Section 9
59
Section 10
72
Section 11
81
Section 12
90
Section 13
92
Section 14
97
Section 15
104
Section 16
111
Section 17
130
Section 18
158
Section 27
257
Section 28
259
Section 29
266
Section 30
268
Section 31
270
Section 32
274
Section 33
293
Section 34
299
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About the author (2000)

Thanassis Valtinos was born in Greece in 1932.  A recipient of a Ford Foundation grant and an honorary fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Valtinos has won numerous awards for his innovative work.  A member of the International Theater Institute and the former president of the Society of Greek Writers, he continues to write fiction and screenplays and to translate classical Greek drama for the theater.  

Jane Assimakopoulous is an American writer and translator, lives in Ioannina, Greece.

Stavros Deligioris is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Iowa.

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