- TALKS & THOUGHTS
Stratis Tsirkas today
The significance of post-Civil War literature for the younger generations
5 October 2011
How do younger generations relate to the literature born of the Communist movement, the Resistance, the Greek Civil War and the schism in the country’s Communist Party (KKE)?
It has now been a century since Stratis Tsirkas was born in Cairo, but for readers and critics alike, the author of Drifting Cities and Lost Spring remains a towering figure in contemporary Greek literature. Will he retain this significance into the future? How do younger generations relate to the literature born of the Communist movement, the Resistance, the Greek Civil War and the schism in the country’s Communist Party (KKE)? What is it in the novels of Tsirkas, a writer and intellectual who reached political maturity within–but later clashed with–the KKE, that can speak to the generations born after the fall of the Colonels in 1974 who have grown up with parliamentary democracy, the euro and the Internet?
Yannis Papatheodorou: Assistant Professor of Modern Greek Literature, University of Ioannina
Maria Topali: Poet and translator
Manolis Piblis: Journalist
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