Reading (Civil) War, the Historical Novel, and the Left
In 1994, Thanassis Valtinos, one of Greece’s most prominent contemporary fiction writers, published Orthokosta, a novel about the Civil War he had been working on for over twenty years.1 The book presents a series of testimonies varying in length from a few lines to twenty pages concerning events that occurred in his natal village between 1943 and 1944: in particular, the burning of the village by leftist guerillas, the imprisoning of people considered collaborators in a nearby monastery named Orthokosta, the execution of some of the prisoners, and the interrogation of others in Valtinos’s own house, in the same room where he would sleep when the family returned to the village after the war.
KeywordsLiterary Critic Oral Historian Cultural Memory Historical Discourse Folk Song
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