Modern Greek Literature

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Michael Lahanas

Ελληνική Λογοτεχνία

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Νεοελληνική Λογοτεχνία - Σύγχρονοι Έλληνες συγγραφείς

Odysseas Elytis (Odysseus Alepoudhelis) (Οδυσσέας Ελύτης / Οδυσσέας Αλεπουδέλης) (02.11.1911 Herakleion/Crete – 18.03.1996Athens), Nobel Prize 1979for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear – sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness”, Axion Esti (1959) , The mad pomegranate tree, Maria Nefeli More poems , Image, Elytis reading Elytis (MP3 at page end), Ο χαρακτηρισμός: ποιητής του Αιγαίου

Οδυσσέας Ελύτης . Μελοποιημένη Ελληνική Ποίηση

Stratis Tsirkas (Στρατής Τσίρκας / Γιάννης Χατζηανδρέας) (10.7.1911 Cairo – 27.1.1980 Athens) (Yannis Hadjiandreas), The Club, Ariagni, The Bat, Drifting Cities Image

Nikos Kavvadias (Νίκος Καββαδίας) (11.1.1910 Manchuria – 10.2.1975) Biography, Poems , (Information in Greek about the poet and glossary for his poems) . More Information, Μελοποιημένα ποιήματα από το Θάνο Μικρούτσικο , Film: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Nikos Gatsos (Νίκος Γκάτσος) (8.12.1911 or 1914? Hania Frankovrysi/Arcadia – 12. 5.1992 Athens), From Amorgos , Elegy , Examples in Greek

Nikiforos Vrettakos (Νικηφόρος Βρεττάκος) (1.1.1912 Krokees Lakonia– 4.8.1991 Ploumitsa Lakonia) The orange trees of Sparta , The purest thing in all creation (Examples in Greek) ( Info , Info2 ) in Greek , αν τυχόν κάπου ανάμεσα στους γαλάζιους διαδρόμους συναντήσω αγγέλους, θα τους μιλήσω ελληνικά, επειδή δεν ξέρουνε γλώσσες. Μιλάνε μεταξύ τους μέ μουσική (If I meet angels in the heavens I will speak in Greek to them because they do not know any language. They communicate with music). Did Vrettakos not know that God and the angels understand and write in Greek? Constantine I The Great had a vision of Chi (χ) and Rho (ρ) on the sky, the first letters of “Christos” and the Greek words en touto nika (win by this).

Dimitris Chatzis (21.11.1913 – 20.07.1981) Thessaloniki

Costas Montis (18.2.1914 Famagusta – 1.3.2004 Nicosia) A poet from Cyprus. His official website contains information and videos with poems recited by him and images including scenes from the burial of the great Cypriot poet who died last year.

Theon Spanoudis (Θέων Σπανούδης) (1915 Smyrna - 1986 Sao Paolo)

Takis Varvitsiotis (Τάκης Βαρβιτσιώτης) (1916 Thessaloniki) a poet with many awards

Minas Dimakis (Μηνάς Δημάκης )(1917 – 1980), Hameni gi, To taxidi

Takis Sinopoulos (Τάκης Σινόπουλος) (1917 Agoulinitsa – 26.3.1981 Pyrgos) (Maria in Greek) (Examples in Greek, some in MP3)

Helen Zeese Papanikolas (1917 Utah) American of Greek heritage. The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree (Info)

Spyros Plaskovitis ( Σπύρος Πλασκοβίτης)(1917 Corfu – 1999) The facade lady of Corfu

Miltos Sahtouris (Μίλτος Σαχτούρης) (19.7.1919 Athens - 29.5.2005 Athens) Translation of poems (1945 - 1971) (Info and examples of his work) (Examples in Greek) Απάνθισμα ( Ποιήματα - Η παρουσία )

Margarita Lymberaki (Μαργαρίτα Λυμπεράκη)(Μαργαρίτα Καραπάνου)(1919 Athens -24.5.2001) The Other Alexander

Antonis Samarakis (Αντώνης Σαμαράκης) (16.8.1919 Athens – 8.8.2003 Athens), 1982 Europalia award, The Flaw, The Passport , Since 1989 UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador

Tatiana Gritsi – Milliex ( Τατιάνα Γκρίτση – Μιλλιέξ ) (20.10.1920 Athens – 13.02.2005 Athens)

Notis Pergialis ( Νότης Περγιάλης) (16. 8. 1920)

Regina Pagoulatou (12.11.1920 Valsamata/Kefalonia) (Info in Greek) New York Times Article Motherhood, Pyrrhichios, Transplants

Eleni Vakalo (Ελένη Βακαλό) (1921 Constantinople – 9.10.2001)

Nanos Valaoritis (Νάνος Βαλαωρίτης) (1921 Lausanne Switzerland) My Afterlife Guaranteed , Τα σπασμένα χέρια της Αφροδίτης της Μήλου

a relative of Aristotle Valaoritis

Andreas Frangias ((Ανδρέας Φραγκιάς ))(1921) People and Houses, Wrought Iron Gate, Plague, The Crowd

Dimitris P. Papaditsas (Δημήτρης Π. Παπαδίτσας ) (1922 Samos – 1987 Athens) Χαμηλοφώνως

Iakovos Kambanelis (Ιάκωβος Καμπανέλλης) (2.12.1922) Mauthausen

Aris Alexandrou ( Άρης Αλεξάνδρου) (24.11.1922 St. Petersburg – 02.07.1978 Paris) ) Greek father, Russian mother, Mission Box (I hope that you will not get angry if I say that the box was empty), 1953 – 1957 in prison for his left ideology. Still This Spring (1946), Bankrupt Line (1952). Biography in Greek

Tasos Leivaditis (Τάσος Λειβαδίτης) (20.4.1922 – 30.10.1988 Athens) Some Poems in Greek more poems

Harry Mark Petrakis (Image from STIGMES, the magazine of Crete, http://stigmes.gr)

Harry Mark Petrakis, (5.6.1923 St. Louis, Mo., USA) Greek American author , The Orchards of Ithaca "novelist and short – story writer whose exuberant and sensitive works deal with the lives of Greek immigrants in urban America. "

Epaminondas Gonatas (Επαμεινώνδας Χ. Γονατάς )(10.07.1924 - 24.3.2006 )

Renos Apostolidis ( Ρένος Αποστολίδης) 2.3. 1924 Athens – 10 .3.2004 Athens)

Alexis Parnis (1924) Aphrodite's Island, Proofreader, Pasternak Highway: The Play.

Manolis Anagnostakis ( Μανόλης Αναγνωστάκης) (10.3.1925 Thessaloniki - 22.6.2005 Athens) Image, The Target: Selected Poems (Info and examples of his work) (Example in Greek), Poems in French/Greek/German

Nikos Karouzos (Νίκος Καρούζος) (17.7.1926 Nafplion – 28.9.1990 Athens) (Info) (Some poems in Greek) Examples in Greek “65 χρονών πέθαναν και οι τρεις μέγιστοι άνθρωποι: ο Ηράκλειτος, ο Ιωάννης Σεβαστιανός Μπαχ, κι ο Καρλ Μαρξ». Αν δεν αγαπάς και τους τρεις, πώς να διαβάσεις τα ποιήματα του Καρούζου;

Kay Cicellis (1926 Marseilles) The Dance of Hours, The Road to Kolonos , The Lost Floor

Nikos Kachtitsis (Νίκος Καχτίτσης) (26.2. 1926 Gastouni / Ilia, 25.3.1970 Patra)

Alexandros Kotzias (Aλέξανδρος Kοτζιάς) (1926 – 1992) Usurped Authority, The Dark Affair, Lucifer, Jaguar http://www.gfc.gr/3/31/film.asp?id=96 , The Boxer

Nikos Fokas (Νίκος Φωκάς ) (1927 Kefalonia) Poet (Info and examples of his work)

Alki Zei (Άλκη Ζέη) (1927 Athens) Achilles' Fiancée 2002 Giuseppe Acerbi Prize (Castel Goffredo, Italy) a friend of Melina Merkouri since the time in the Paris Exile Constantina and her webs (I Konstantina kai oi arachnes tis)

Giorgos Ioannou (1927 – 16.2.1985) For a Little Self – Respect, Good Friday Vigil, Le sarcophage

Nikos Bakolas (Nίκος Μπακόλας) (1927 Thessaloniki – 12.11.1999 Thessaloniki ) author, novelist, The endless writ of blood Greek nomination for the ARISTEION ( the European Literary Award), Plotin Award in 1978 Mythology Example in Greek

Costas Taktsis (or Kostas Tachtsis) (Κώστας Ταχτσής)(8.10.1927 Thessaloniki – 25.8.1988 Athens) The Third Wedding


Songs of the Greek Underworld: The Rebetika Tradition

Elias Petropoulos (Ηλίας Πετρόπουλος) (26.6.1928 Athens – 3.9.2003 ) (work on Rebetiko songs), The Homosexuals' Lexicon, Author of around 80 books. He was labeled a pornographer and was 2 times imprisoned (in 1968 and 1972). Since 1973 he was in Paris, France. Why did he leave Greece? Because of his imprisonment? Because of the Fascist junta which ruled that country? No. Simply, he said, because he found Greece "so tiring, so very tiring..." (Info) Απάνθισμα ( Επικήδειος Λόγος)

Victoria Theodorou (Βικτωρία Θεοδώρου) (1926 or 1928) Cretan mother, father from Yugoslavia War of Liberation, Nuyen ti soy

Titos Patrikios (Τίτος Πατρίκιος) (21.05.1928 Athens) (Info) (Info In Greek) (Examples in Greek)

Nikos Kasdaglis (Νίκος Κάσδαγλης )(1928 Kos) The Grooves of the Millstone , The Shorn Info in Greek

Aloe Sideri (Αλόη Σιδέρη)(1929 Lixouri Kefalonia) (Info)

Dinos Christianopoulos (Konstantinos Dimitriou)(Ντίνος Χριστιανόπουλος) (1931 Thessaloniki) , Image , Info

Menis Koumandareas (Μένης Κουμανταρέας) (1931 Athens), The Handsome Lieutenant (O oraios lohagos) , Glass Factory 1975 National Book Award Koula (Info) (Report in Greek)

Kiki Dimoula (Κική Δημουλά) (1931 Athens) poetess A kind of blues, Thieves in mind, Easter in the oven, The Alibi, The Feast of Lazarus , Examples in Greek Poems: Version of creation , A kind of blues , Unexpectations , Passe-partout , Thieves in mind , A minute´s licence , Cartoon , The alibi , Easter in the oven , The feast of Lazarus , «Η άνοιξη έρχεται μαζί με το τέλος της» η τρίτη «αθάνατη» γυναίκα

Takis Antoniou ( Τάκης Αντωνίου) (5.3.1932 Agrinio), First Trilogy

Andreas Karavis (1932 Chania, Crete) Poet , "one of our greatest Canadian poets", The Dream Masters White Poems (Aspra Poiimata) (Info)

Thanasis Valtinos (Θανάσης Βαλτινός) (1932 Kastri Karatoula/Arcadia) Στοιχεία για τη δεκαετία του '60 , Συναξάρι του Αντρέα Κορδοπάτη (The Legend of Andreas Kordopatis). In an interview with a newspaper he was proud that his work is not commercial oriented “All know Zorbas the Greek, but nobody knows Kordopatis the Greek”, Ein Schiff namens Agonia, Griechenland und seine Literatur auf der Reise durch die Jahrhunderte

Eleni Fourtouni (1933 Laconia) lives in the USA, poet and translator That Womain Said No because she writes in English one of her friends said ‘How dare you put yourself in your book of Greek women poets when you’re not a Greek poet? and I say she is one! An Interview

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