Borderland

Reporting from the frontlines of history in Greece

Date: July 1, 2016

Getting to know Greek literature: A look inside Aiora Press

By Harrison Blackman

While ancient Greek literature has been celebrated for millennia, outside of Greece few are aware that substantial fiction has come out of the Hellenic Republic in the last 150 years.

Many Greek publishing houses publish only in Greek, or translate international bestsellers into the local language, compounding the problem.  As result, Greek literature has never gotten the international attention of Latin America’s  magic realism or Scandinavia’s noir crime fiction.

One publisher in Athens is trying to change that. Aiora Press is extending the reach of modern Greek literature.

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Yoga, therapy and a welcoming network

By Amanda Blanco

Tucked away on a side street off Victoria Square in Athens is a house whose door is always open. It is the home of Melissa Network, an organization for the empowerment of migrant women and children.

A marble staircase, lined with children’s artwork, leads visitors to an open landing. Whitewashed arches reveal a reception area for visitors, a living room, and a garden patio.

 

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