La Grecia que duele, Helena González-Vaquerizo

 

La Grecia que duele. Poesía griega de la crisis (The Greece that hurts. Greek poetry of the crisis) is the first book-length study of Greek poetry of the crisis. Written in Spanish, it contains original texts and translations by more than 40 authors. The study focuses on the contested legacy of Antiquity in poems written mostly from 2010 onwards, examining notions of continuity, heritage and cryptocolonialism in the context of the financial and migration crisis in Greece.

In the first part of the book, Helena González-Vaquerizo offers an introduction to Greece’s recent history, the cultural impact of the financial crisis, and the emergence of the new Greek poetry. In the second part, the author analyzes poems dealing with topics such as the Lotus-eaters (a myth that has been used to address the financial crisis and notions of blame, responsibility and forgetfulness), the figure of Penelope (a favorite motif for feminist rewritings), the topos of journey and hospitality in dialogue with the migration crisis, the meaning and the trials of a life surrounded by ruins, and, finally, the legacy of the poetic Greek light.

Poets included in the study belong mainly to the younger generations (Dimitris Angelis, Zisis D. Aïnalis, Glykeria Basdeki, Evi Boukli, Yannis Doukas, Yannis Efthymiadis, Nikos Erinakis, Lina Fytili, Stavroula Gatsou, Phoebe Giannisi, Anna Griva, Stathis Gourgouris, Katerina Iliopoulou, Panayotis Ioannidis, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Jazra Khaleed, Dimitra Kotoula, Konstantina Koryvanti, Chloe Koutsoumbeli, Christodoulos Makris, Vasilis Manousakis, Lily Michaelides, Pavlina Pampoudi, Yannis Patilis, Elena Penga, Stamatis Polenakis, Theodoros Rakopoulos, Lenia Safiropoulou, Christos Siorikis, Danai Sioziou, Yannis Stiggas, Apostolos Thivaios, Maria Topali, Nikos Violaris), but there also a few well-established authors included (Titos Patrikios, Dimitris Charitos and Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke).

Most of these authors are unknown to Spanish speaking audiences, as it is the related academic literature: seminal studies by Artemis Leontis, Sthathis Gourgouris, Vangelis Calotychos, Titika Dimitroulia, Yannis Hamilakis, Vassilis Lambropoulos or Johanna Hanink, amongst others, are rarely referenced by Spanish scholars. For this reason, the book might also be a fine contribution to the field of Modern Greek Studies in Spanish.

Finally, González-Vaquerizo has written this book as a kind of personal journey through the last 20 years of her life, since she first visited Greece in 2004 until now. In its pages she retraces the rise and fall of a beloved and always inspiring country, trying to offer the reader a new form of critical philhellenism.

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