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The Axion Esti
by Odysseus Elytis
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1979
Paper: 978-0-8229-5318-0 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-8064-3

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Axion Esti is probably the most widely read volume of verse to have appeared in Greece since World War II and remains a classic today. Those who follow the music of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis have been especially drawn to Odysseus Elytis's work, his prose is widely considered a mirror to the revolutionary music of Theodorakis. The "autobiographical" elements are constantly colored by allusion to the history of Greece, thus, the poems express a contemporary consciousness fully resonant with those echoes of the past that have served most to shape the modern Greek experience.

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