The Passport and Other Selected Short Stories: The Modern Greek Literature Library

The Passport contains nine stories previously published in Greek newspapers and magazines. Samarakis's longest short story, The Passport, reflects his experiences under the military dictatorship of the 1960s, when he was denied a passport unless he wrote something favourable to the regime. The story is not merely autobiographical but generalizesthe plight of the innocent victim of a totalitarian regime in a manner reminiscent of Kafka. It first appeared in a series of volumes published as a direct challenge to the regime's censorship policies.

As in much of Samarakis's work, the characters are anonymous, the style fragmented and plain, sparing in description, but racy, with unexpected twists and an often caustic humour. His protagonists' agonised states of mind are depicted with frequent repetitions of words and phrases, often tending to stream of consciousness.

The Greek editions of his books include comments by Arthur Koestler, Arthur Miller, Graham Greene, George Simenon, Agatha Christie, Luis Buñuel and others. Formal recognition of his work as a whole came in 1982, with the award of the Europalia Prize.

Translated by: Andrew Horton

Table of Contents

  • The Last Participation
  • Anatomy Lesson, etc.
  • Mama
  • The Last Trick
  • The Knife
  • Against the Grain
  • The Conquest
  • The Passport
  • The Craft and Reality of Antonis Samarakis's The Passport
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The Passport contains nine stories previously published in Greek newspapers and magazines. Samarakis's longest short story, The Passport, reflects his experiences under the military dictatorship of the 1960s, when he was denied a passport unless he wrote something favourable to the regime. The story is not merely autobiographical but generalizesthe plight of the innocent victim of a totalitarian regime in a manner reminiscent of Kafka. It first appeared in a series of volumes published as a direct challenge to the regime's censorship policies.

As in much of Samarakis's work, the characters are anonymous, the style fragmented and plain, sparing in description, but racy, with unexpected twists and an often caustic humour. His protagonists' agonised states of mind are depicted with frequent repetitions of words and phrases, often tending to stream of consciousness.

The Greek editions of his books include comments by Arthur Koestler, Arthur Miller, Graham Greene, George Simenon, Agatha Christie, Luis Buñuel and others. Formal recognition of his work as a whole came in 1982, with the award of the Europalia Prize.

Translated by: Andrew Horton

Table of Contents

  • The Last Participation
  • Anatomy Lesson, etc.
  • Mama
  • The Last Trick
  • The Knife
  • Against the Grain
  • The Conquest
  • The Passport
  • The Craft and Reality of Antonis Samarakis's The Passport
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Κατηγορία: Ξενόγλωσσα
Κωδικός: F-1018
ISBN: 1-932455-13-2
Βιβλιοδεσία: Μαλακό Εξώφυλλο
Σελίδες: 112
Διαστάσεις: 14 Χ 21 εκ.