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About the Author: Yiannis Ritsos

Yiannis Ritsos (Greek: Γιάννης Ρίτσος) is considered to be one of the five great Greek poets of the twentieth century, together with Konstantinos Kavafis, Kostas Kariotakis, Giorgos Seferis, and Odysseus Elytis. The French poet Louis Aragon once said that Ritsos was "the greatest poet of our age."

Yannis Ritsos was born in Monemvassia (Greece), on May 1st, 1909 as cadet of a noble family of landowners. Born to a well-to-do landowning family in Monemvasia, Ritsos suffered great losses as a child. The early deaths of his mother and his eldest brother from tuberculosis, the commitment of his father who suffered with mental disease and the economic ruin of losing his family marked Ritsos and affected his poetry. Ritsos, himself, was confined in a sanatorium for tuberculosis from 1927–1931.

These tragic events mark him and obsess his œuvre. In 1931, Ritsos joined the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). During the Axis occupation of Greece (1941–1945) he became a member of the EAM (National Liberation Front), and authored several poems for the Greek Resistance. These include a booklet of poems dedicated to the resistance leader Ares Velouchiotis, written immediately upon the latter's death on 16 June 1945. Ritsos also supported the left in the subsequent Civil War (1946-1949); in 1948 he was arrested and spent four years in prison camps.


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Paperback, Published in Jan 1970 by Acantilado

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788496834880

Page count: 64

Ritsos, una de las más grandes voces de la lírica europea, extrajo del caudal trágico griego una serie de monólogos de excepcional sutileza en los que cada palabra, surgida de un fondo leja­nísimo, se traslada a nuestro tiempo con mágica ductilidad. Con el que hoy presentamos, de­di­cado a Áyax, continuamos la publicación de estos soliloquios dramáticos en versión de Selma Ancira.

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