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Books about Greece: “Sea of Many Returns” & more

Ithaka and Odysseus’ journeys have inspired many writers. Arnold Zable’s new novel, “Sea of Many Returns,” charts more recent comings and goings from Ithaca, explores the sense of physical and emotional journeying, and continues the renowned author’s fascination with the migrant experience.  Xanthe is compelled to return to the birthplace of her father, Manoli, and her maternal grandfather, Mentor, prompted by family and literary associations. Xanthe is translating Mentor’s manuscript, an account of leaving Ithaca and his subsequent life in Australia. The book takes the reader to modern-day Ithaca, to its mountains, its villages and its harbours, and into the houses of its people.  Secretariat General of Information: Books – Living in Greece   Continue reading

Greece and World Poetry Day


As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery…   

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years…

Ithaka gave you the marvellous journey…
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
Constantine P. Cavafy  ( 1911, translated by Edmund Keeley)

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Today, (March 21) is World Poetry Day, as declared by UNESCO in 1999. The aim is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, to “give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements.” World Poetry Day has existed in some form since 1505, according to the National Poetry Day Committee. From ancient to contemporary times, Greece’s tradition in poetry is long acknowledged globally. Young, talented Greek poets continue to grace this tradition and expand it with their works. On the occasion of the World Poetry Day, the National Book Centre (in Greek) is organising a series of events that will take place in several areas across the country. Continue reading