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Moments II

Moments II



Leonidas Kyrkos
editor: Vangelis Tzoykas

Hestia Publishers, 2008
77 p.
ISBN 978-960-05-1367-7, [In Print]
Price € 13,76

As was his previous book, Moments II is filled with private moments from Leonidas Kyrkos's rich political career: the eventful return from China in 1959; the difficulties of understanding the life of the farmers; the praise of the US Ambassador for his “superb show”; the show of affection by a poor elderly woman from Aetoloakarnania who, at the same time, is afraid that “the communists will take away her goat.” And then there are others: the German soldier who joined the Resistance; the wise educator who joins the guerillas in the mountain; uncle Michalis Kyrkos who regales everyone with stories of the interwar years; the veteran communist who returns from exile on the island of Makronissos and recommends it as a “place of therapy”. There are also political proposals in answer to burning issues: how to avoid the dictatorship looming on the horizon; how to reconstruct the nation after the junta; the need to chart a new course towards socialism; the necessity for Greece to disentangle itself from diplomatic stalemates concerning foreign policy issues such as the Macedonian question. These stories are very much like the times from which they sprang: years of fervent political clashes and quests; years of hope and disappointments; years of ideological battles that also left their imprint on everyday life and interpersonal relationships. His humanity and faith in the potential of the Greek people to overcome the chronic weaknesses of their political system never abandoned Leonidas Kyrkos.

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