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Iconostasis of Anonymous Saints

Iconostasis of Anonymous Saints


Ariostos the Observant Recounts Momentss of his Life and Sleep: Such Strange Things: With a Nudge of the Elbow

Yannis Ritsos
translator: Amy Mims

Kedros Publishers, 1996
365 p.
ISBN 960-04-1202-2, ISBN-13 978-960-04-1202-4, [In Print]
Price € 14,27

Literary Translation National Prize for a Greek Literature Work Translated into a Foreign Language [1997]

This work of Ritsos, is it a novel with an emphatic question-mark added by the poet himself? Is it a roman fleuve in the sense of the Proust's "Remembrance of things past"? Is it a wild prose-poetic fling in a "sarcastic climate"? Or is it an autobiography of Greece's most human poet, whom Aragon hailed as the "greatest poet of his time"? And what about the strange title? How are the established Orthodox saints, traditionally decorating the panels near the altar, how are they replaced by anonymous human beings? -everyday people from Ritsos' neighbourhood members of his family and simple inhabitants of Monemvasia; unassuming fellow-prisoners on exile islands and a closely-knit band of friends. [...]

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