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G. Theotokas - G. K. Katsimbalis Correspondence (1930-1966)

G. Theotokas - G. K. Katsimbalis Correspondence (1930-1966)

Ch. L. Karaogloy, Amalia Xynogala

Hestia Publishers, 2008
174 p.
ISBN 978-960-05-1363-9, [In Print]
Price € 10,70

Is the correspondence between Theotokas and Katsimbalis interesting? The answer to this question is a resounding yes, for not only does it shed light on the relationship between two men who played a major role in the history of Modern Greek letters, but it also highlights aspects of Greece's political and intellectual life. Among other things, the two men's letters trace the history of the "Nea Grammata" literary journal and the National Theatre; make known the reasons that forced the board of trustees of the National Theatre to resign in April 1946 (the involvement of George Seferis in that last meeting was crucial); and reveal unknown facts concerning the National Theatre's tour of the US in 1952. In a letter of his dated 18/7/1966, the ever-optimistic Theotokas wrote: “I hope I am given the chance to salute the Third Greek Republic, which I can hear approaching with her cap and a large broom, in spite of the cowards and scoundrels.” Alas, this was not to be. Less than four months later, Theotokas died suddenly, on October 30. Could it have been divine providence, sparing this ideologue advocate of democracy from having to see it abolished by the military coup of 21 April 1967?

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