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Greece in Fiction
Tales from a Greek Island by
Call Number: PA5610.P234 A23 1987
Publication Date: 1994-02-01
Papadiamantes was a prominent 19th century Greek prose writer who grew up on the island of Skiathos. Papadiamantes is known for his character portrayal, and his careful observation of everyday life including descriptions of folk traditions and the natural surrounds, much in the fashion of England's Thomas Hardy. In this work, he portrays a traditional island community, with every possible character type from sweet young girl to rowdy young boy, good parents and heartless parents, stocky fisherman and shepherds, and prosperous landowners.
Call Number: PA5618.A67 A6613 1998
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
A long poem presented bilingually. “The Amorgos” was a lifelong project for Gatsos, who survived by writing lyrics and gambling.
Data from the Decade of the Sixties by
Call Number: PA5633.A4 S7613 2000
Publication Date: 2000-02-25
This award-winning novel takes the form short letters looking for advice to Mrs. Mina, short news stories, and advertisements. It highlights the inevitable friction caused past values coming into conflict with present realities. Set in the 1960s, a time of cultural transformation around the world, Greece is undergoing a political change from monarchy to republic by way of dictatorship. Fictional documents represent the lovelorn looking for advice, emigration applicants making their case to the government, gossip columnists, celebrities, and radio personalities.
Fool's Gold by
Call Number: PA5615.O79 F6 1991
There are many excellent novels to read in the Kedros Modern Greek Writers series, which published primarily in the 1990s. Fool's Gold is set at the time of the dictatorship of the "Colonels," who took over the country in a coup in April 21, 1967. The main character joins an underground resistance through which she takes part in a student uprising at Athens Polytechnic that results in disaster and bloodshed.
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Advice From Fellow Travellers
The Greek Islands by
Call Number: DF895 .D87
Author of among other books, The Alexandria Quartet
, Lawrence Durrell wrote this travelogue and traveler's companion in the 1970s. While in some respects Durrell's perspective will be out of date, his excellent writing, and the breadth of his travels make this book well worth dipping into. Durrell writes that he was inspired by Ernle Bradford's Companion Guide to the Greek Islands
(1963) and J.C. Lawson's Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion
(1920). Durrell seeks to answer two questions for the traveler to Greece, "What would you have been glad to know when you were on the spot? What would you feel sorry to have missed while you were there.” Many photographs and an introductory map.
No-Man's Lands by
Call Number: PA4167.A2 H85 2008
Influenced by his reading of the Odyssey, Huler sets out to replicate Odysseus' travels.
The Greece of History
The Athenian Acropolis. Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.
The Ancient Greeks by
Call Number: DF214 .D55 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-12
Read this book before or after your travels. It is an oversized 651 pages providing a thematic approach to the history and culture of Ancient Greece. The layout, extensive indexing, and detailed table of contents make it amenable to selecting a section of interest.
Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks by
Call Number: DF78 .G276 1998
Publication Date: 1998-08-30
An illustrated guide to every aspect of ancient Greek culture from disability, chronic illness, and old age to architecture to the different aspects of work including agriculture and manufacturing, the arts, the public sphere, and language and literature. For example, from Caring for the Elderly: "The Greeks regarded the care of the elderly, which they called geroboskia, as a sacred duty, the responsibility for which rested exclusively with the offspring. Greek law laid down severe penalties for those who omitted to discharge their obligations. In Delphi, for instance, anyone who failed to look after his parents was liable to be put in irons and thrown into prison....There were no public facilities for the aged--the very idea of an old people's home would have been utterly alien to the Greeks" (66).
A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities by
Call Number: DF78 .M35 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-01
Written by a long time professor of classics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, this book is an excellent book to have nearby as you travel. Divided into categories such as Athletics, Mathematics, Greeks and Barbarians, Athens, Women, and many more, it is filled with quotations from the ancients, pieces of information, snippets from ancient literature and history. Intended to amuse and inspire.
It's All Greek to Me by
Call Number: DF78 .H63 2010
Publication Date: 2010-03-09
One can't read Homer without realizing how the ancient epics have left their mark on all aspects of our present day culture and imagination. The authors of this book set out to make the connection between Greek culture and the culture of the 21st century.