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

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


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:
Telephone: 0121 414 5769

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