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Modern Greek Writing: An Anthology in English Translation 1St Edition Edition

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David Ricks teaches Modern Greek Literature at King's College, London. He is the author of Byzantine Heroic Poetry and The Shade of Homer.
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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers; 1St Edition edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0720610869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0720610864
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Owen Cramer on June 7, 2004
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Trying to get a feel for Greek writing since the 1821 period, in English, puts one to some inconvenience: we hear that Makriyannis is the most important prose writer, but Lidderdale's translation is out of print. We know that Cavafy is very important and that Seferis and Elytis won the Nobel--but where, poetically, did they come from? Ricks's anthology goes a long way toward solving problems like that. A whole chapter (chapter 9 of book 1) of Makriyannis--my choice would have included something of his upbringing, including the famous dialogue with St. John after his shaming over the exploded doufeki; generous selections from Solomos and Palamas and Kalvos. Curiosities like a chapter from "Pope Joan" and one from "Loukis Laras". The translations are generally by good and established writers (Kipling's WWI-era version of Solomos's words for what became the National Anthem). Introductory matter is far better than the nothing you get in "A Century of Greek Poetry", though not sufficient to allow informed reading throughout. The $41.95 list price is high, but the book is valuable.
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mainly male writers, the same pool of names over and over again-- Greece has a long way to go in acknowledging the contributions of women
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