The Political Tsirkas – Drifting Cities as History – Στρατής Τσίρκας

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How does a writer feel about his role in a political event he fictionalized, especially when he played a small part in real life but made a big name for himself thanks to the story?
It’s an old question, but one that seems perpetually topical. The first time I got some kind of tentative answer was a quarter of a century ago, in the offices of Kedros, the prestigious Greek publishing house, where I had gone in the fall of 1977 to speak to one
of Greece’s most important postwar novelists.
Meeting the man
Kedros’s offices were more like a bustling travel agency in high season rather than a place in which readers and editors were solemnly engaged in transforming poetry and prose from manuscript to book. I was reminded of where I was, however, by the large black-and-white photographs of the major leftist writers whose work Kedros published: Yannis Ritsos, Kostas Varnalis, and Stratis Tsirkas. Next to them were two important writers also published by the house, Menis Koumantareas and Dido Sotiriou. As I was ushered into an empty office to wait for Tsirkas, I caught a glimpse of one of the grande dames of Greek publishing, Nana Kalianesi, who founded Kedros with her husband, Nikos, in 1954. inima) rather than a mutiny (antarsia)