Having taken a little break over the COVID-19 we are back in tracks with another country. I hope you are all healthy and as safe as it is possible, with all that is happening and all the aftermaths that are bound to happen.
The random generator landed on Greece and so in these two months, we will look at some interesting literature that you may not know yet. Greece is of course extremely important in the world of literature which goes centuries back to writers such as Homer or Hesiod. The Greek literature is vast and changing with the development of the country and many changes it went through, as you do.
For these two months I would love to recommend following writers and their books for our little bookclub, which you can follow on Goodreads as well.
The Scapegoat by Sophia Nikolaidou
Who doesn’t like a good mystery/crime novel? The Scapegoat is a story of a Greek journalist who is tried and convicted of the murder of American journalists and spends 12 years in prison. After spending the life in prison a high-school student decides to open this particular case for the school assignment and look further into possibly innocent Greek journalist and his story.
Sophia Nikolaidou, who wrote the book, is also a teacher of literature and creative writing but also the author of short stories and criticisms published in a various greek newspaper.
The Notary by Alexandros Rizos Rangavis
The Notary is a book for lovers of classic crime/detective novel. It has everything one needs in this type of fiction. First of all a count on a deathbed, mystery, murder, and a notary ready to protect his daughter at all cost. The story is set at the beginning of the 19th century when Greece was on the eve of the Greek Revolution (Independence war). He is now considered both classic and an important author for today’s modern-day Greek literature.
Alexandros Rizos Rangavis was born in 1809 and gradually became not only a writer but also a poet and historian. Over his career he became one of the most prominent Greeks in the world becoming professor of archaeology but also minister of Foreign Affairs and ambassador in several cities, including Washington, Berlin or Constantinople.
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
We cannot read Greek literature without including at least one classic. One of the greatest pieces is Lysistrata, a play written by Aristophanes telling a story torn between sex and war. The story takes you back to war-ridden ancient Greece where women decide to take a stand and deny pleasure to the men to stop the endless Peloponnesian War.
This classic comedy was written by Aristophanes a writer who brought extraordinary satire into the world of ancient Greece politics. It is often this playwright who is an example of the meaning of the “old comedy”.
Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession by Apostolos K. Doxiadis
Goldbach’s Conjecture is one of the biggest mysteries in the world of mathematics. This particular theory is one of the few theories that remain unresolved and its this tricky problem that is the topic of the story. Through the story, you meet Petros Papachristos the mathematician prodigy who devoted his whole life to solving this great mystery and he is doing a great job until his nephew starts getting interested into what exactly is is his uncle is doing.
Apostolos K. Doxiadis may have been born in Australia but he grew up in Greece. The topic of mathematics in his books is no surprise as Doxiadis studied applied mathematics and combined his love for this subject with his love for writing, theatre and cinema.
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