Tales from a Greek Island

Author: Alexandros Papadiamantis
Translator: Prof Elizabeth Constantinides
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
New Ed edition: 1 February 1994
Language: English

Set on the author’s native Aegean island of Skiathos, these twelve stories capture the folkways of Greece. With acute observation of daily activities and loving descriptions of land and sea, Papadiamantis portrays the beauty and harshness of traditional island life. His prose captivates a reader with its rich combination of realism and symbolism, sensuality and mysticism, insularity and universality. Written near the turn of the century, these works speak today in ways both remarkable and familiar.

“This is a wonderful collection of stories. Wonderful rustic realism, clear, moving, full of hard lives and simple pleasures.”