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Portrait of a Greek Imagination : Ethnographic Biography of Andreas Nenedakis - Michael Herzfeld

Portrait of a Greek Imagination

Ethnographic Biography of Andreas Nenedakis

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Anthropologist Michael Herzfeld first met Greek novelist Andreas Nenedakis in the drafty courtyard of a public library. This encounter led to an enduring intellectual relationship that prompted Herzfeld to reconsider both the contours of fiction and the nature of anthropology. "Portrait of a Greek Imagination," 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, Herzfeld shows how different perspectives shape the historical record. Nenedakis has endured persecution, exile, imprisonment, and torture under Greece's military dictatorship, and his novels--excerpted here in English for the first time--offer 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?"

Prefacep. vii
Anticipationsp. 1
Provincial Beginningsp. 28
Crete, Athens, the Worldp. 63
Disillusionments of Exilep. 90
Sentence of Death, Rebuilding of Lifep. 105
Hand to Mouth: Portrait of the Artist as A Young Womanp. 138
Sordid Power: Colonels and Exilesp. 184
From the Cretan War to a Battle of Booksp. 227
Painting an Ethnographic Portraitp. 264
Referencesp. 299
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780226329093
ISBN-10: 0226329097
Series: Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 19th January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66