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Diaries of Exile Yiannis Ritsos

Diaries of Exile

Yiannis Ritsos

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ISBN : 9781935744580
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120 pages
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Without Ritsos eloquence, Greeks would have forgotten how to name all those things that are there before their eyes.—Pantelis PrevelakisThis long poem is a nuanced and moving account of the poets time in exile, in which everyday events hide muchMoreWithout Ritsos eloquence, Greeks would have forgotten how to name all those things that are there before their eyes.—Pantelis PrevelakisThis long poem is a nuanced and moving account of the poets time in exile, in which everyday events hide much that is threatening, oppressive, and spiritually vacuous. Lyrical and idyllic, these re-creations of Greek mythology justify Yannis Ritsos reputation as one of the most honored in modern Greece.Plagued by tuberculosis, family misfortunes, and persecution for his Communist views, Yannis Ritsos (1909–1990) spent many years in sanatoriums, prisons, and in political exile while producing over one hundred volumes of poems, dramas, and translations.