The Axion Esti Paperback – 20 Dec 2007
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""The Axion Esti" [is] the work on which Elytis's reputation rests, and which almost certainly won him the Nobel Prize."
"New York Review of Books"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Born in Crete in 1911, Odysseus Elytis began to publish his poetry in the 1930s. He took part in the campaign against the Italian fascists in Albania in 1940-41. He was one of the most prominent poets of the Greek resistance during the Nazi occupation. The Nobel Prize was awarded to him in 1979 'for his poetry which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness'. He died in Athens in 1996.Edmund Keeley translated the poetry of Cavafy, Seferis and Sikelianos with the late Philip Sherrard. His translations of Yannis Ritsos received the Academy of American Poets' Landon Award and the EU's First European Prize. He is a novelist whose non-fiction works include Cavafy's Alexandria and Inventing Paradise.George Savidis was Professor of Modern Greek at the University of Thessaloniki and a Visiting Professor at Harvard. He edited the standard Greek editions of the poetry of Cavafy, Seferis, Sikelianos and Karyotakis, and with Edmund Keeley translated a selection of Cavafy's A"unpublishedA" poems. He died in 1995.
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Elytis was a a poet very much ahead of his time. Modern poetry, that is abstract and reminds more of a novel than poetry. The main "weapon" ("each to his own weapons") of Elytis is that he is an optimist ("regardless what they say our life is in our hands", according to his Nobel acceptance speech). Elytis is the poet of the Aegean Sea, a sea that is full of life and sun, vibrant and inviting.
Above all, Elytis appeals to the senses, all of them.