Data from the Decade of the Sixties: A Novel

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Northwestern University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 307 pages
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Winner of Greece's National Book Award for Best Novel in 1990 and short-listed for the Aristeion European Literature Prize in 1991, Data from the Decade of the Sixties is a masterpiece by Greek author Thanassis Valtinos.

Just as Greece today struggles to adapt to a shifting political landscape, so Greece in the 1960s was convulsed by the collision of tradition and cultural transformation. In Data from the Decade of the Sixties, Valtinos assembles voices, stories, and news clips that capture the transformation of Greece, the monarchy giving way to a republic via dictatorship, the industrialization of its agricultural society, and the replacement of arranged marriages with love matches.

The many voices in this tour de force coalesce in a bricolage of documents: personal letters between friends and family, news reports, advertisements, and other written ephemera. As governments fall, sexologists, fortune-tellers, garage owners, and lonely matrons advertise their specialties and fantasies in want ads, while the young and lonely find escape within the cheap novels, movies, and gossip columns that enliven their barren existence.

Together these testimonies illuminate the tumult of 1960s Greece, where generations and values clash and Greek society struggles to adapt. Valtinos captures 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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