Contemporary Greek Novel (3440 words)

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No discussion of contemporary Greek fiction can ignore the impact of 1974, the year in which democracy was restored in Greece after a seven-year-long dictatorship, as this appears to have been an ideological and aesthetic turning point not only for the Greek novel but also for Greek culture in general. The Greek fiction of the last forty years has been markedly different from that of the pre-1974 period: multifaceted, dynamic, outward looking and, most importantly, in closer communication than ever before with current ideas and literary trends beyond Greek borders.

If 1974 was a turning point for Greek literature and culture, its historical significance is even more profound: it marks the last in a long series of turbulent events …

Citation: Yannakakis, Eleni. "Contemporary Greek Novel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 February 2012 [, accessed 03 March 2021.]

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