By Vasiliki Scotes,Thomas J. Scotes
The greater than 300 Greek folksongs and poems during this assortment have been dictated from reminiscence by way of 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 folks customs and ideology have been nonetheless full of life and unaffected via city and overseas impacts. It additionally marks the tip of an eons-old Greek culture of oral transmission, which Vasiliki ably personified and maintained and whose riches she passionately and optimistically desired to express to destiny generations.
Songs of affection, songs of demise, songs of struggle, songs of bandits, songs of labor, songs of prayer, songs of satire, songs of youngsters, songs of lullabies and of enjoyable - all could be came upon the following. additionally incorporated are proverbs and maxims, a vital part of day-by-day discourse within the Greek villages of yesteryear. Translated and annotated by means of her son, this assortment may be likened to Vasiliki's final “flokati” woven at the loom of her thoughts, recalling the times whilst she sang a lot of those related songs seated at one other loom in her family's apartment excessive within the Pindus Mountains.
This is actually a outstanding selection 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 right here weaves it an arresting development. those thoughts of his mother's oral culture turn into, and should stay, our thoughts, in addition, after we choose up this assortment and make it our own.
Gregory Maguire, writer of “Wicked”
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A Weft of Memory: A Greek Mother’s Recollection of Folksongs, Poems and Proverbs by Vasiliki Scotes,Thomas J. Scotes