Surrealism in Greece: An Anthology

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University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Literary Collections - 373 pages
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In the decades between the two World Wars, Greek writers and artists adopted surrealism both as an avant-garde means of overturning the stifling traditions of their classical heritage and also as a way of responding to the extremely unstable political situation in their country. Despite producing much first-rate work throughout the rest of the twentieth century, Greek surrealists have not been widely read outside of Greece. This volume seeks to remedy that omission by offering authoritative translations of the major works of the most important Greek surrealist writers.

Nikos Stabakis groups the Greek surrealists into three generations: the founders (such as Andreas Embirikos, Nikos Engonopoulos, and Nicolas Calas), the second generation, and the Pali Group, which formed around the magazine Pali. For each generation, he provides a very helpful introduction to the themes and concerns that animate their work, as well as concise biographies of each writer. Stabakis anthologizes translations of all the key surrealist works of each generation—poetry, prose, letters, and other documents—as well as a selection of rarer texts. His introduction to the volume places Greek surrealism within the context of the international movement, showing how Greek writers and artists used surrealism to express their own cultural and political realities.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE FOUNDERS
7
Andreas Embirikos
14
Nicolas Calas
56
Nikos Engonopoulos
82
Odysseus Elytis
131
Nikos Gatsos
162
THE SECOND GENERATION
169
THE PALI GROUP
271
Mando Aravantinou
282
Yorgos V Makris
288
Alexander Skinas
293
Tassos Denegris
9
Panos Koutrouboussis
11
Eva Mylona
24
Dimitris Poulikakos
28

Matsi Hatzilazarou
174
Miltos Sahtouris
182
Hector Kaknavatos
195
Nanos Valaoritis
211
Dimitris Papaditsas
257
E Ch Gonatas
259
AFTERWORD
37
NOTES
43
BIBLIOGRAPHY
55
INDEX
59
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NIKOS STABAKIS is a film historian and translator based in Athens. He is a cofounder of the Athens Surrealist Group and a regular contributor to its publications and activities.

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