By Vasiliki Scotes,Thomas J. Scotes
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 long past, lived out in a distant mountain village in Greece whilst people customs and ideology have been nonetheless lively and unaffected by means of city and overseas impacts. 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 optimistically desired to show to destiny generations.
Songs of affection, songs of dying, songs of conflict, songs of bandits, songs of labor, songs of prayer, songs of satire, songs of kids, songs of lullabies and of enjoyable - all may be discovered the following. 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 may be likened to Vasiliki's final “flokati” woven at the loom of her thoughts, recalling the times whilst she sang lots of those similar songs seated at one other loom in her family's apartment excessive within the Pindus Mountains.
This is really a extraordinary choice of songs from one of many world's most important folks 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 turn into, and may stay, our thoughts, to boot, 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