Kissing through a handkerchief

Edward Byrne has freely transposed the sonnets of Louise Labé (1522-1566) and Guido Cavalcanti (shown at left, circa 1255-1300) for audaciously modern renderings. REVIEW

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The Quest by Manolis

September 22nd, 2018

In 2018, at a time when millions are crossing borders to find a better life, the prolific Cretan-Canadian poet and translator Manolis (Emmanuel Aligizakis) of White Rock donned his fiction cap for The Quest (Ekstasis $25.95), a contemporary story of a boy in Romania who yearns to return to his family’s home on Crete. Romania is controlled by the Communist Party, so he travels on foot, along through the mountains. When this boy named Pericles finally reaches Greece, he is disillusioned to discover his dreamed-of paradise is controlled by a dictatorship. He makes his way to Crete where everyone is suspicious of strangers and there is a shocking revelation about his grandfather. Undeterred, Pericles must re-orient his youthful idealism. “There was something in the island Pericles had felt from the first time he stepped onto its soil, something like a little craziness, something different from the rest of Hellas. He couldn’t name it, but one could easily be afraid of it. There was a Cretan word that described this craziness, the word kouzoulada, something unexplainable. And it was unexplainable to the rest of Hellas but something that meant a lot to the Cretans.”

Simultaneously Manolis released an 817-page translation of the works of sixty modern Greek poets, Neo-Hellene Poets: An Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry, 1750-2018 (Ekstasis/Libros 2018)

BOOKS:

The Quest (Ekstasis 2018) $25.95 978-1-77171-283-5 Novel.

Neo-Hellene Poets: An Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry, 1750-2018 (Ekstasis/Libros 2018) $55.95 978-1-77171-301-6

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