By Vasiliki Scotes,Thomas J. Scotes
The greater than 300 Greek folksongs and poems during this assortment have been dictated from reminiscence via Vasiliki Scotes from her ninety-seventh yr till 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 folks customs and ideology have been nonetheless full of life and unaffected by way of 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 exhibit to destiny generations.
Songs of affection, songs of loss of life, 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 should be came upon right here. additionally integrated are proverbs and maxims, an essential component of day-by-day discourse within the Greek villages of yesteryear. Translated and annotated by way of her son, this assortment could be likened to Vasiliki's final “flokati” woven at the loom of her stories, recalling the times whilst she sang a lot of those similar songs seated at one other loom in her family's condo excessive within the Pindus Mountains.
This is really a extraordinary choice of songs from one of many world's most important 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 the following weaves it an arresting development. those thoughts of his mother's oral culture develop into, and should stay, our stories, 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