Portrait of a Greek Imagination

Portrait of a Greek Imagination : Ethnographic Biography of Andreas Nenedakis

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An encounter in a public library led to an enduring intellectual relationship between Andreas Nenedakis and Michael Herzfeld, the author of this study. It prompted Herzfeld to reconsider both the contours of fiction and the nature of anthropology. This book, part biography and part ethnography, is Herzfeld's contextualization of Nenedakis's life, as it was both lived and fictionalized. Herzfeld explores how personal vision intersects with national cultures by examining the Greek author's novels and recollections as historical accounts. Bringing together the methods of the novelist and the anthropologist in their common concern with both social and lived experience, he shows how different perspectives shape the historical record. Nenedakis endured persecution, exile, imprisonment, and torture under Greece's military dictatorship, and his novels an individual version of historical events. As one of his characters ask, "For was not his life, and are not the lives of all of us, a novel?"
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 167 x 237 x 25.15mm | 662g
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0226329097
  • 9780226329093

Table of contents

Preface 1: Anticipations 2: Provincial Beginnings 3: Crete, Athens, the World 4: Disillusionments of Exile 5: Sentence of Death, Rebuilding the Life 6: Hand to Mouth: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman 7: Sordid Power: Colonels and Exiles 8: From the Cretan War to a Battle of Books 9: Painting an Ethnographic Portrait References Index
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About Michael Herzfeld

Michael Herzfeld is the Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University and has taught at several other universities worldwide. He is the author of many books.
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