Deep Blue Almost Black: Selected Fiction

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Northwestern University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 116 pages
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In settings both rural and urban, and ranging across time from World War II to the present, Thanassis Valtinos contrasts the cheap and popular side of twentieth century Greece with the enduring sense of history of a proud and dignified people.
With vivid language and powerful imagery, Valtinos addresses the major dislocations of three generations of Greeks in the face of profound political, social, and cultural change. Disillusioned urbanites and simple farmers alike are affected by the coups and political pressures of contemporary Greece, while at the same time they are moved by the primitive Greece of visions, ghostly apparitions and of saints' shrines in olive groves.

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Deep Blue Almost Black ($22.95; May 1997; 130 pp.; 0-8101-1490-9): Twelve stories, written between 1960 and 1991, by a skillful Greek writer who at his best offers vivid elliptical glimpses of his ... Read full review


August 48 PACE 3 The River Kaystros PACE 10 The Plaster Cast PACE
Peppers in a Flowerpot PACE 16 Panayotis PACE 33 The Stepfather PACE
Autumn Storm PACE 42 Peter and Pat PACE
Journey to the Dead PACE
Roses JOT Maria A PAC E 60 There Still Is a God PAC E

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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.  His novel Data Decade of the Sixties is also available from Northwestern University Press.  

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

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

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