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The Fourth Dimension

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In the dramatic monologues that make up The Fourth Dimension--especially those based on the grim history of Mycenae and its royal protagonists--the celebrated modern Greek poet Yannis Ritsos presents a timeless poetic paradigm of the condition of Greece, past and present. The volume also contains a group of modern narratives, including the famous, and much-anthologized, ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 6th 1993 by Princeton University Press (first published 1964)
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Da Fedra:

"[...] Tutto il giorno
attendo la notte, caso mai le mie ombre si fondano con l'oscurità,
per poter occupare meno spazio, chiudermi nel mio guscio essere
come un chicco di grano nella terra. Non ci riesco.
Le mie ombre non si fondono col buio; anzi al contrario
conquistano la notte tutta intera. E allora
mi dilato anch'io con esse, stupita, muta, sprofondata [...]"

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E' un libro così bello da provocare, in molti passaggi, una sorta di sindrome di Stendhal letteraria. Si torna indietro spesso, per meglio capire e assaporare ogni frase. Ho trovato sublime la commistione di antico e moderno, specie nella descrizione di oggetti e arredi. Da stordimento.
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Yiannis Ritsos (Greek: Γιάννης Ρίτσος) is considered to be one of the five great Greek poets of the twentieth century, together with Konstantinos Kavafis, Kostas Kariotakis, Giorgos Seferis, and Odysseus Elytis. The French poet Louis Aragon once said that Ritsos was "the greatest poet of our age."

Yannis Ritsos was born in Monemvassia (Greece), on May 1st, 1909 as cadet of a noble family of
“When there's a moon the shadows in the house grow larger;
invisible hands draw back the curtains,
a pallid finger writes forgotten words on dust
of the piano...”
“And look, my brother, we learned to talk
very quietly and simply.
We understand each other now - there is no need for anything more.
And I say tomorrow we will become still simpler;
we’ll find those words that take on the same weight in all hearts, on all lips so that we can call figs figs, and a trough a trough, so that others will smile and say: ‘We’re making you a hundred poems an hour’. This is what we want too.
Because we do not sing to separate ourselves from people, my brother,
we sing to bring people together.”
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