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Elytis, Odysseus (1911–1996) By Georganta, Konstantina

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1495-1
Published: 02/05/2017
Retrieved: 23 July 2024, from


“For me the Aegean is not merely a part of nature, but rather a kind of signature,” Odysseus Elytis suggested in a 1972 interview with Ivar and Astrid Ivask. “I and my generation—and here I include Seferis—have attempted to find the true face of Greece. This was necessary because until then the true face of Greece was presented as Europeans saw Greece. In order to achieve this task we had to destroy the tradition of rationalism which lay heavily on the Western world.”

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