This is the English translation of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis' record of exile and jail during the period of the Greek dictatorship (1967-1967). Mikis was exiled to the mountains of Peloponnesus (Zatouna) after being held in isolation in the infamous Bouboulina detention center. He was then transferred to the Oropos prison north of Athens. The detention period in Oropos records in living color, so to speak, the incredibly sad divisions inside the communist party -- the Stalinists, the Eurocommunists, and the Dissenters. These three groups alternately embrace and reject Mikis. There are moving scenes where Mikis sings alone in the cafeteria, while in the kitchen guards dance to his music.
During his isolation he wrote resistance songs, whose words are often recorded in the journal. These songs are part of the modern Greek collective unconscious and form this country's musical tradition.
Mikis is a good writer with an excellent eye for detail but the translation seems to have been done rather quickly and thus loses a little of the original flavor along the way. There are many books about Mikis, most in Greek. Mikis himself has written a five volume "biography" called The Archangel's Road, (Dromoi tou Archangelou) which charts his early years in the Greek countryside, his first musical efforts, his resistance to the German occupation, his years in exile during the Civil War (1945-1949) where he nearly perished in dire conditions on the barren island of Makronisos, records his Cretan grandfathers and uncles and their roles in forming Cretan musical tradition. He also creates a fantastical world of his own invention, including unsent letters to Stalin wherein we can see the frustration of Greek communists with the Russian hegemon, as well as his own personal fantasies, both sexual and otherwise, such as a long section where he reinvents himself as a coach driver in early 20th Century Bourgeois Paris and meets Debussy in person. For a sense of the intensity of the resistance movement during the Greek dictatorship as well as some of the problems inside the resistance movement, his book is excellent. Journals of Resistance can be considered a necessary companion to the growing body of testimony about modern Greece. For more on this period see Andreas Papandreou's Democracy at Gunpoint (Pelican books)
For more on Mikis, in English, Mikis Theodorakis: Music and Social Change.
See also Road to Rembetika: Music of a Greek Sub-Culture - Songs of Love, Sorrow and Hashish