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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #75 on: Wednesday, 02 October, 2019 @ 09:47:58 »
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‘The Last Monk of the Strofades,’ out now in English

Following its publication in Greek last year, “The Last Monk of the Strofades: Memories from an Unknown Greek Island” is now available in English from Abbeville Press.

The book by US photographer Robert A. McCabe and Greek journalist Katerina Lymperopoulou is a unique record of the fortified monastery on Stamfani, the larger of the two Strofades islets off Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea. The 13th century monastery suffered serious damage during an earthquake in November of 1997 and was shut down after another temblor in October 2018.

For centuries, the monastery served as a refuge for seafarers and a target for pirates and Turkish raiders, while in its heyday it was home to some 40 farmer-monks. By 1976, however, only one monk remained, Father Gregory Kladis (1937-2017), who alone tended the monastery until 2014.

The book is intended to tell the world about the Monastery of Strofades and encourage its preservation.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/245051/gallery/ekathimerini/life/the-last-monk-of-the-strofades-out-now-in-english

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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #76 on: Wednesday, 20 November, 2019 @ 02:18:23 »
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Top 10: Crime, guns and Greek-inspired literature

Over the years there are Greeks who have written good crime fiction and English-speaking writers who are inspired by Greece and have proved very adept at trawling the Greek underworld. Here are 10 of the best writers of crime novels either based in Greece or featuring Greek protagonists. With summer approaching, perhaps it’s time to take a Greek Noir crime novel to the beach with you.

1. PETROS MARKARIS
2. YANNIS TSIRIKOMOS
3. POL KOUTSAKIS
4. SERGIO GAKAS
5. ANNA ZOUROUDIS
6. GARY CORBY
7. JEFFREY SIGER
8. PAUL JOHNSTON
9. GEORGE PELECANOS
10. PHILLIP KERR
https://neoskosmos.com/en/151739/top-10-crime-guns-and-greek-inspired-literature/

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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #77 on: Saturday, 30 November, 2019 @ 19:16:33 »
That's very helpful Maik.  I've seen Markaris's untranslated books  recommended for learners of Greek - with some grounding in the language, but haven't tried myself.  Expensive in the UK via Bibliagora.

Tony

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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #78 on: Sunday, 01 December, 2019 @ 07:59:47 »
How about Beryl Darby, can't see her mentioned? She wrote a serious of books set in Crete. They follow the lives of a number of different family members spanning the years 1918  onwards. I have only read the first one, Yannis but enjoyred it very much.

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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #79 on: Sunday, 01 December, 2019 @ 12:11:51 »
I have read and can highly recommend Paul Johnston's 'Alex Mavros' series.  Alex Mavros is a half-Greek half-Scots private investigator based in Athens who comes up against some very unsavoury people in the course of his investigations.  Johnston's portrayal of various aspects of Greece and Greeks is highly realistic and his storylines make the books hard to put down...

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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #80 on: Sunday, 01 December, 2019 @ 15:44:27 »
How about Beryl Darby

Thanks, Annie. Hadn't heard of Beryl Darby, as you say, she's written a number of books set in Greece, twenty four from what I can see on the list! Plus a guide to Spinalonga written in 1982.
beryldarbybooks.com

I read the first Alex Mavros and keep meaning to find time to read more... one day... provided I don't have to pay silly prices on Amazon

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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #81 on: Saturday, 11 January, 2020 @ 12:38:25 »
Have just read Victoria Hislop's new book," Those who are Loved".About the time from the German occupation through to present time.Gave a good insight into the time of the Greek Civil War and the time of the Junta from one family's aspect.Had heard from locals in Skala that more people died at the time of the Civil War than during the occupation and how it had affected people locally.Can recommend but i would wait until the paper back comes out in the Spring.I had  the hard back as a Christmas present but its a bit expensive.

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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #82 on: Tuesday, 19 May, 2020 @ 16:20:27 »
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10 of the best novels set in Greece – that will take you there
From the natural beauty of Corfu and Kefalonia to the caves and myths of Crete, Greece has inspired writers for millennia
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/19/10-best-novels-set-in-greece-corfu-kefalonia-crete

Well, yes, Louis de Bernières is in there but so are a few authors you might never have heard of.

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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #83 on: Tuesday, 19 May, 2020 @ 17:17:11 »
When I was in Patras last October for some medical tests, I met Kostas Kremmydas who played the Police Superintendant in 'The Durrells'.
He was staying at the same Hotel & joined me for breakfast.
What a lovely man!!!
Besides being an Actor he is also an Author. He was in the middle of a book-signing tour to promote his books & very kindly gave me a signed copy of one of his books, a novel titled 'Cave of Silence' which I thoroughly enjoyed reading
His books are all available from Amazon

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« Reply #84 on: Tuesday, 19 May, 2020 @ 21:13:06 »
Thank you for the recommendation Kef97, I've just bought it for my kindle.
Also I finally got round to reading Blue Skies & Black Olives by John Humpreys recently, a very entertaining read.

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Re: Books about Greece
« Reply #85 on: Saturday, 12 September, 2020 @ 17:47:45 »
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Pursuing truth — and fame — a reporter blurred journalism’s boundaries

When Elias Demetracopoulos died in Athens in 2016 at 87, The Washington Post described him as an “ ‘enigmatic’ expatriate.” In its obituary, the New York Times chose similar language, calling him an “enigmatic journalist.”

The man had been so many things, and accused of being many more, that it was difficult to sum up his story. Journalist, Nazi resistance fighter and Wall Street consultant were among his callings; spy, egotist and “dangerous gadfly” were among the accusations. His life was so complicated it was hard to tell where one version of Demetracopoulos ended and another began.

In “The Greek Connection,” James H. Barron seeks to put the pieces together — but the Demetracopoulos puzzle was not the one he originally set out to solve. Barron was researching allegations of a transfer of funds from Greece’s intelligence agency to Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign, which he believed formed an underexplored chapter of Watergate. During a chance encounter with Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist suggested that Barron contact Demetracopoulos, a Greek expatriate living in Washington who once tried to expose the money scheme.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/pursuing-truth--and-fame--a-reporter-blurred-journalisms-boundaries/2020/09/10/5695d5b8-db1d-11ea-b205-ff838e15a9a6_story.html