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In the dramatic monologues that make up The Fourth Dimension--especially those based on the grim history of Mycenae and its royal protagonists--the celebrated modern Greek poet Yannis Ritsos presents a timeless poetic paradigm of the condition of Greece, past and present. The volume also contains a group of modern narratives, including the famous, and much-anthologized, "Moonlight Sonata." Ritsos, rightly, regarded the The Fourth Dimension as his finest achievement. It is now presented to English- speaking readers for the first time in its entirety.

From "Philoctetes"

All the speeches of great men, about the dead and about heroes.
Astonishing, awesome words, pursued us even in our sleep,
slipping beneath closed doors, from the banqueting hall
where glasses and voices sparkled, and the veil
of an unseen dancer rippled silently
like a diaphanous, whirling wall
between life and death. This throbbing
our childhood nights, lightening the shadows of shields
etched on white walls by slow moonlight.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. The Window
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Winter Clarity
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. Chronicle
  2. pp. 25-36
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  1. Moonlight Sonata
  2. pp. 37-46
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  1. Agamemnon
  2. pp. 47-62
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  1. Orestes
  2. pp. 63-82
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  1. The Dead House
  2. pp. 83-102
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  1. The Return of Iphigenia
  2. pp. 103-122
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  1. Under the Shadow of the Mountain
  2. pp. 123-146
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  1. Chrysothemis
  2. pp. 147-174
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  1. Persephone
  2. pp. 175-190
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  1. Ismene
  2. pp. 191-214
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  1. Ajax
  2. pp. 215-228
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  1. Philoctetes
  2. pp. 229-250
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  1. Helen
  2. pp. 251-272
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  1. Phaedra
  2. pp. 273-294
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  1. When the Stranger Comes
  2. pp. 295-312
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  1. NOTES TO THE POEMS
  2. pp. 313-329
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400884407
Related ISBN
9780691024653
MARC Record
OCLC
966768857
Pages
348
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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