Letters from Athens 2: George Pavlopoulos


It is the last island before landing in Athens: an uninhabited rock in the Argosaronic Gulf which according to myth was marked by a story of cannibalism. Six hundred years ago a dozen bandits asked a boatman to take them across to Fleves island. They had been looking for shelter to save themselves and they believed that on this island they would be able to lead a free life. Upon arriving, however, they realised that they would have to live in nature –in reality against it- and that wild vegetation was the only food available. No one knows how long they lasted. Nevertheless, due to the conditions prevailing on the island, they started dying one by one. Those that survived would eat their dead companions. In the end, myth has it, only their leader survived. Continue reading

Letters from Athens 1: George Pavlopoulos

Letter from Athens 1

They spend less time on their verandas. Only the kitchens are somewhat lit in the white apartment blocks. They sit around the table sharing a plate of food; a lamp above their heads, some cutlery, house wine and some food; a voice here and there like verbal fireworks into the Athenian night. There is no sunset anymore, only the twilight, that time of day that carries despair with it. Continue reading

Letters from Athens 1: Nikos Dimou

Nikos Dimou Munich 2004

It started with admiration and adulation. Eighteenth century Germans – with Winckelmann in the forefront – re-discovered ancient Greece. They visualized Hellas as the epitome of perfection in art, philosophy, and ethics. Their idealized model influenced all of Europe in the beginning of the romantic nineteenth century and was the reason why public opinion backed the Greeks in their war of independence against the Turks (1821-1829) and induced the great powers to help the liberation of Greece. Continue reading