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By Vasiliki Scotes,Thomas J. Scotes

ISBN-10: 9609393144

ISBN-13: 9789609393140


The greater than 300 Greek folksongs and poems during this assortment have been dictated from reminiscence by way of Vasiliki Scotes from her ninety-seventh 12 months until eventually the start of her hundred and fourth. the gathering comes from a time now long past, lived out in a distant mountain village in Greece while people customs and ideology have been nonetheless lively and unaffected by means of city and overseas affects. It additionally marks the tip of an eons-old Greek culture of oral transmission, which Vasiliki ably personified and maintained and whose riches she passionately and confidently desired to show to destiny generations.

Songs of affection, songs of loss of life, songs of warfare, songs of bandits, songs of labor, songs of prayer, songs of satire, songs of youngsters, songs of lullabies and of enjoyable - all might be chanced on right here. additionally incorporated are proverbs and maxims, an essential component of day-by-day discourse within the Greek villages of yesteryear. Translated and annotated through her son, this assortment may be likened to Vasiliki's final “flokati” woven at the loom of her stories, recalling the times while she sang a lot of those comparable songs seated at one other loom in her family's condominium excessive within the Pindus Mountains.


This is actually a outstanding choice of songs from one of many world's most important people traditions. It has the authenticity of a voice that carried the songs for a few years and that has now been translated with care and affection. i like to recommend it with complete heart.

Edmund Keeley, writer of “Inventing Paradise: The Greek trip, 1937-1947”


Tom Scotes preserves the residue of a disappearing culture and the following weaves it an arresting trend. those stories of his mother's oral culture develop into, and should stay, our thoughts, in addition, after we choose up this assortment and make it our own.

Gregory Maguire, writer of “Wicked”

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