Thanos Vlekas : a novel /
Pavlos Kalligas ; translated from the Greek and with an introduction by Thomas Doulis.
Evanston : Northwestern University Press, 2001.
xxvii, 211 p.
0810118173 (alk. paper)
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Evanston : Northwestern University Press, 2001.
0810118173 (alk. paper)
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Pavlos Kalligas (1814-96) published Thanos Vlekas in 1855 and never wrote fiction again. When asked for permission to reprint the novel, he denied he had written it. A university professor, Kalligas also served as a cabinet minister and the director of the National Bank of Greece Thomas Doulis is a professor emeritus at Portland State University
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Scholars often consider this 1855 title Greece's first social novel. Set during the Greek war of independence, it tells the story of brothers Thanos, a farmer, and Tassos, a soldier. While Tassos's fight for his nation's freedom might seem the nobler cause, he uses his political connections for personal gain, while his nearly anonymous brother serves his country in a less visible but more honest way. This edition contains an introduction by translator Doulis. More for the academics. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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A novel of brigandage & social justice set in nineteenth-century Greece.
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Considered the first realistic social novel ever published in Greece, Thanos Vlekas is a witty and ambitious portrayal of the problems in the newly established Greek state after its war of independence (1821-27). The story of two brothers on opposing ends of the ethical spectrum, Thanos Vlekas exposes the problems plaguing the young nation -- brigandage, corruption, bureaucratic inefficiency -- with a frankness unusual for the time.Pavlos Kalligas places the sources of Greece's ethical dilemmas in the same virtues -- heroism and resistance to authority -- that helped the nation attain its freedom. At the center of the novel is Thanos Vlekas, a young farmer hoping to improve himself and his piece of land despite the derision of his widowed mother, who considers him a "frugal ant" and "not worthy of bearing arms". Reflecting the sentiments of most Greeks, the widow prefers her ambitious and brave brigand son, Tassos. While Thanos works his land, his brother uses the political machinery and wealth gained from brigandage to replace the Ottoman landowners of a village and inherit the villagers as his serfs.Kalligas believed such "heroes" wreaked great evil on the nation and disgraced Greece in the eyes of the world. He challenged the patriotic myths of his readers, a challenge that continues to resonate today for readers everywhere. Thanos Vlekas remains a damning study of how patriotic passions and the temptations of power can blur the line separating heroes from villains.
Table of Contents
Translator's Prefacep. vii
Translator's Introductionp. xi
Historical Backgroundp. xix
The Cabin of Thanosp. 3
Political Thoughts of Hephaestidis and PapaJonasp. 9
The Captainp. 16
The Refugeesp. 23
The New Derven Agap. 30
The Crossingp. 39
Tassos Pursuedp. 50
New Ordeals of Thanosp. 57
Ayfantis in Athensp. 68
The Trial of Thanosp. 83
The Sorrow of Ephrosynep. 95
Hephaestidis Perplexedp. 102
The Symposiump. 111
Iapetos Caught in the Actp. 120
The Village Trivaep. 130
The Farewellp. 142
Thanos in Trivaep. 150
Return of Ayfantis to Thessalyp. 166
Tassos, Aide-de-Camp to the Leaderp. 174
The Mediation of Ayfantisp. 183
The Final Eventsp. 195
Translator's Notesp. 203
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