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- DescriptionThe book reflects on the life and work of a significant poet, public figure, and influential commentator of the cultural, social, and political history of Greece post-World War II: Malis Anagstakis (1925-2005). It considers his oeuvre in relation to the work of his peers and to traditions of writing, both Greek and n-Greek, as it challenges the assumptions and determinations of his critics. The volume explores the author's sustained reflection on what it is poetry does, if anything, and how it goes about this at different historical moments. It does so through the framework of his political and social perspectives as well as against principles of committed action, above all, to leftist ideas and movements. For Anagstakis is vitally important for thinking about the relation of politics to poetics and the complex, and in some quarters contradictory, relation of leftist politics and the travails of (euro)communism to poetry and literature. This analysis, therefore, coincides with the larger questioning of the role for the Left post-1989. The volume focuses t only on the poet's canical poetry up to 1971, but also on the period of his subsequent, self-imposed silence and his other meta-poetic writings after that date. Two of Anagstakis's previously unavailable late collections and a posthumously published interview with the poet appear here in English translation for the very first time. Coming but a few years after the poet's death in 2005, this rare book-length study of a single Greek poet (other than Cavafy) features articles by leading critics from the American academy. Like Anagstakis's own work, these contributions represent a diverse range of approaches and voices: at turns essayistic, impressionistic, and creative, and, at others, scholarly, punctilious, and critical.
- Author BiographyVangelis Calotychos is associate professor of modern Greek literature and culture at Columbia University in New York.
- PublisherFairleigh Dickinson University Press
- Date of Publication19/04/2012
- SubjectBiography: Literary
- Place of PublicationCranbury
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFairleigh Dickinson University Press
- Content Note12 black & white halftones, 9 tables
- Weight535 g
- Width159 mm
- Height232 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byVangelis Calotychos
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