In the a long time among the 2 international Wars, Greek writers and artists followed surrealism either as an avant-garde technique of overturning the stifling traditions in their classical historical past and likewise as a fashion of responding to the super volatile political state of affairs of their state. regardless of generating a lot nice paintings through the remainder of the 20th century, Greek surrealists haven't been greatly learn outdoors of Greece. This quantity seeks to therapy that omission via supplying authoritative translations of the key works of an important Greek surrealist writers.
Nikos Stabakis teams the Greek surrealists into 3 generations: the founders (such as Andreas Embirikos, Nikos Engonopoulos, and Nicolas Calas), the second one iteration, and the Pali staff, which shaped round the journal Pali. for every iteration, he offers a truly priceless creation to the subjects and issues that animate their paintings, in addition to concise biographies of every author. Stabakis anthologizes translations of the entire key surrealist works of every generation—poetry, prose, letters, and different documents—as good as a range of rarer texts. His advent to the amount locations Greek surrealism in the context of the foreign circulate, displaying how Greek writers and artists used surrealism to specific their very own cultural and political realities.
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