GREEK POETRY SPECIAL
To celebrate the awarding of 2018's Best Translated Book Award for Poetry to Before Lyricism by Eleni Vakalo (tr. Karen Emmerich), UDP and Archipelago Books are offering a special deal on two Greek poetry books — Before Lyricism and Miltos Sachtouris's Poems — both translated by Karen Emmerich.
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
Miltos Sachtouris (1919-2005), minimalist poet, bachelor, and unrepentant gambler, and Eleni Vakalo (1921-2001), poet, art critic and theorist, both belonged to the generation of left-leaning Greek poets whose work blossomed in the years after World War II and the subsequent civil war. They moved in the same artistic and literary circles in Athens, and while their work differs in style, they can both fruitfully be read as deeply impacted by the turmoil of their times.
Before Lyricism includes six book-length poems. For Vakalo, these poems formed a larger, accretive whole, which she titled Prin Apo Ton Lyrismo (Before Lyricism). By bringing these poems together under a single cover, Before Lyricism allows us to see the complex web of intertextual relations that bind these books together.
Poems (1945-1971), now in its eighth edition in Greece, contains the nine volumes Miltos Sachtouris wrote during the most productive period of his poetic career. The collection chronicles the writer’s reaction to three decades of intense social and political upheavel in a nation experiencing the successive horrors of occupation, civil war, and military dictatorship. Sachtouris’ world is one of primary colors, blindingly bright and slightly surreal; images—of broken glass, of howling dogs, of bloody gauze and people who fly—recurring like totems throughout his work, bind the poems together into a tight unity.