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Diaries of Exile

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Diaries of Exile by Yannis Ritsos
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Jan 08, 2013 | ISBN 9781935744580

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Winner of the 2014 PEN Literary Award for Poetry in Translation

There is no pity in the book, nor resignation, despite the circumstance. That clarity … has to do with giving witness, with the idea of poetry as testimony. Ritsos records the smallest moments, as if were he to leave out a single detail of his incarceration, the whole experience might disappear. This is what poetry can do: preserve the moments that would otherwise be forgotten, and in so doing, recreate the world. —LA Times

Ritsos’ breath raises a wind in which wafted and swirled flakes from the crust of our land, seeds of its vegetation and sparks of its sky. Without Ritsos’ eloquence, Greeks would have forgotten how to name a major part of all those things that are there before their eyes and restoration of his work to its totality is an imperative duty to the Greek nation itself, which deserves to regain its unity after nearly forty years of strife. —Pantelis Prevelakis

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