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Elias Maglinis, The Interrogation (Trans. Patricia Felisa Barbeito), 2013

Elias Maglinis, The Interrogation (Trans. Patricia Felisa Barbeito), 2013

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ISBN: 978070442894

Kostis, a retired journalist-translator, refuses to talk about his past.  A former dissident during the junta era in Greece, he was arrested and severely tortured by the military police (the notorious ESA). These experiences continue to haunt him: they shape his most intimate relationships and the regular nightmares that jolt him awake.  His artist daughter, Marina — an acolyte of the ‘grandmother’ of performance art, Marina Abramovic — believes in the transformative power of confrontation:  ‘Let it all out, dad,’ she admonishes him. She uses self-mutilation as a form of expression and a means of getting her father to lay to rest this past.

In these characters’ attempts to find a common ground and a resolution to their family’s pain, the novel charts the decades of violence unleashed by the polarized struggle between the right and left in Greece.   Set in Athens at the turn of the twenty-first century, The Interrogation focuses on the fraught relationship between a father and daughter haunted by a traumatic legacy.

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These other titles translated from Greek are also available:
Haris Vlavianos, Adieu
Kostas Karyotakis, Battered Guitars: Poems and Prose
Michel Faïs, From the Same Glass and Other Stories
Yannis Skarimbas, Mariambas

If you have any queries about this item, please contact Professor Dimitris Tziovas:
Email: d.p.tziovas@bham.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 414 5769

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Haris Vlavianos, Adieu (Trans. David Connolly), 1998

Haris Vlavianos, Adieu (Trans. David Connolly), 1998

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ISBN: 0 7044 1886 X

Haris Vlavianos (born 1957) is one of the finest and most prolific of contemporary Greek poets. In 1983 he published his first collection of poetry and since then has published five more collections, a book of aphorisms on poetry (the form of Wallace Stevens's Adagia which he has translated), and a number of translations of leading poets including: Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, John Ashbery, William Blake. He also edits the biannual journal Poetry, which publishes Greek poetry, articles reviews and essays on poetry as well as translations of foreign poets.

Adieu
is his most recent collection, published in 1996. It is a lyric farewell to his family, particularly to his mother, to his student life at Oxford and his past as a whole. By conversing with beloved persons, places and poetic voices of the past, it represents a rethinking and a reassessment of love, of poetry and of the human condition. The four sections of this collection represent the stages of Vlavianos's development from a difficult childhood to poetic maturity. It is as if poetry compensates him for the disintegration of his family and at the same time emerges as the positive outcome of this traumatic alienation.

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These other titles translated from Greek are also available:
Elias Maglinis, The Interrogation
Kostas Karyotakis, Battered Guitars: Poems and Prose
Michel Faïs, From the Same Glass and Other Stories
Yannis Skarimbas, Mariambas

If you have any queries about this item, please contact Professor Dimitris Tziovas:
Email: d.p.tziovas@bham.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 414 5769

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Kostas Karyotakis, Battered Guitars: Poems and Prose (Trans. William W. Reader & Keith Taylor), 2006

Kostas Karyotakis, Battered Guitars: Poems and Prose (Trans. William W. Reader & Keith Taylor), 2006

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ISBN: 070442519X

The early decades of the twentieth century were particularly chaotic in Greece, but gave rise to the major work of Kostas Karyotakis (1896-1928), a poetry both lush and precise, both tragic and ironic. Sometimes considered post-Romantic or an heir to the symbolists, sometimes as either a modernist or a pre-cursor of the post-modern, Karyotakis fits uneasily into our categories. He created an art that, though rooted in the personal and the political, moves far beyond the boundaries of his own life and time. In this work poetry is the necessary but reluctant, almost involuntary response to the swirl around us. “We are just some battered guitars,” he wrote. “When the wind blows over us,/it awakens verses and dissonant sounds/on strings that droop like watch chains.”

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These other titles translated from Greek are also available:
Haris Vlavianos, Adieu
Michel Faïs, From the Same Glass and Other Stories
Elias Maglinis, The Interrogation
Yannis Skarimbas, Mariambas

If you have any queries about this item, please contact Professor Dimitris Tziovas:
Email: d.p.tziovas@bham.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 414 5769

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Michel Fais, From the Same Glass and Other Stories (Trans. Jane Nisselson Assimakopoulos), 2007

Michel Fais, From the Same Glass and Other Stories (Trans. Jane Nisselson Assimakopoulos), 2007

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ISBN: 0704425718

The stories in this award-winning collection depict life and its upheavals in the newly re-aligned ethnic checkerboard of pre-millennium Greece. Faïs’s artistry, at once exquisite and crude, takes the reader on an intense journey through alternate bouts of rage, panic, self-deprecation, lust and melancholy, as mirrored in the mindscapes of natives and immigrants alike. He is equally adept at the short narrative story form as at a minimalist novella, a monologue, a one-act play, a diary or a series of journalistic notes, all of which here coalesce into a symphonic whole themed around the (living) dead and the dying—inhabitants of a world forever changed.

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These other titles translated from Greek are also available:
Haris Vlavianos, Adieu
Kostas Karyotakis, Battered Guitars: Poems and Prose
Elias Maglinis, The Interrogation
Yannis Skarimbas, Mariambas

If you have any queries about this item, please contact Professor Dimitris Tziovas:
Email: d.p.tziovas@bham.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 414 5769

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Thanasis Valtinos, The Last Varlamis

Thanasis Valtinos, The Last Varlamis

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Thanasis Valtinos, The Last Varlamis Trans. Stathis Gauntlett, 2016.

ISBN: 978-0-7044-2860-7

The name 'Varlamis' summons forth a shadowy figure from the margins of modern Greek history — the curiously recumbent protagonist of a brigand ballad of dubious authenticity. Thanasis Valtinos is clearly in his artistic element using such raw ingredients. His construction of a trajectory for the fabled bloodline from the first to the eponymous last Varlamis is a bravura performance of his trademark 'faction', an unsettling hybrid of fiction and what passes for historical fact. The Last Varlamis is an entertaining and richly nuanced tale of opportunism, lust, brutality and artistic creativity spun upon the frame of selected scenes of modern Greek history. While the narrative affects the sobriety of scholarly discourse, it violates the basic tenets of historiography with varying degrees of subtlety, as if to strike a blow for the recognition of historical memory as a function of the creative imagination.

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These other titles translated from Greek are also available:
Haris Vlavianos, Adieu
Kostas Karyotakis, Battered Guitars: Poems and Prose
Elias Maglinis, The Interrogation
Michel Fais, From The Same Glass and Other Stories
Yannis Skarimpas, Mariambas

If you have any queries about this item, please contact Professor Dimitris Tziovas:
Email: d.p.tziovas@bham.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 414 5769

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Yannis Skarimbas, Mariambas: 10th volume of the Birmingham Modern Greek Translations

Yannis Skarimbas, Mariambas: 10th volume of the Birmingham Modern Greek Translations

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Yannis Skarimbas, Mariambas, trans. Leo Marshall, 2015

ISBN 978-0-7044-2851-5

Skarimbas's voice is unique in European fiction, as unique and inimitable as Laurence Sterne's.  Mariambas is an account of the events leading up to a suicide, but one quite consciously unlike any in the great novels of the nineteenth century: Mysteries, Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina.  With its complicated chronology, its interlocking embedded narratives, its shifts of register and narrative perspective, its stylistic pastiches and parodies, its plot mechanism as intricate, as funny and distressing, as a Feydeau farce, it subverts the tragic coherence of life in nineteenth century fiction. For Skarimbas life is too complicated, has woven into it too many incongruous strands, ever simply to seem empty. It seems, like the moon in Mariambas, to be mostly half full; and therein lies tragedy, but also comedy, enough.

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These other titles translated from Greek are also available:
Haris Vlavianos, Adieu
Kostas Karyotakis, Battered Guitars: Poems and Prose
Elias Maglinis, The Interrogation
Michel Fais, From The Same Glass and Other Stories

If you have any queries about this item, please contact Professor Dimitris Tziovas:

Email: d.p.tziovas@bham.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 414 5769

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Book 1

Un giorno in Italia 1

£16.00

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Description

Beginners year 1 language book. Available to University of Birmingham students only.

www.italian.bham.ac.uk

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Book 2

Un giorno in Italia 2

£16.00

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Advanced level year 1 / Intermediate level year 2 language book. Available to University of Birmingham students only.

www.italian.bham.ac.uk

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