A Weft of Memory: A Greek Mother’s Recollection of by Vasiliki Scotes,Thomas J. Scotes PDF

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 through Vasiliki Scotes from her ninety-seventh yr until eventually the start of her hundred and fourth. the gathering comes from a time now gone, lived out in a distant mountain village in Greece while people customs and ideology have been nonetheless full of life and unaffected via city and international affects. It additionally marks the top 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 could be discovered 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 via her son, this assortment could be likened to Vasiliki's final “flokati” woven at the loom of her thoughts, recalling the times while she sang lots of those similar songs seated at one other loom in her family's condo excessive within the Pindus Mountains.


This is actually a impressive choice of songs from one of many world's most crucial 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 development. those stories of his mother's oral culture develop into, and may stay, our stories, besides, when we decide up this assortment and make it our own.

Gregory Maguire, writer of “Wicked”

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