The Photographs

Vassilikos, Vassilis

Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971
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New York. 1971. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 21. 181 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. 0157178008. keywords: November 18. inventory # 41820. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘Photographs’ is the Greek term for ‘writing with light.’ In this novel the metaphor of the photographic image becomes a means by which the hero seeks to comprehend what has happened to him. Time, memory, and an insight into things past take form in the perceptions of Lazarus Lazarides, who is a young poet, a student, and a film maker. After three years’ absence, Lazarus returns to his birthplace, Necropolis, ‘The City of the Dead.’ This is in actuality Salonika, the city in which Gregorios Lambrakis - ’Z’ - was assassinated. Necropolis has painful associations for Lazarus. Here he lived as a child under the Nazi occupation. Here he became aware of the mean existence and degradation of the poor. But in Necropolis he also discovered love as a persistent force in life. He returns in an attempt to rediscover and re-create the intensity of that love—it represents for him an ‘ultimate consciousness.’ To recapture the memory of love, to relive the sense of heightened awareness, means to Lazarus a release, a return, a resurrection. Yet when Lazarus revisits familiar scenes, he finds it impossible to capture the elusiveness of reality. As an artist he is aware of the danger of illusion, and the essence of his past experience escapes him. ‘It all played back again,’ he says, ‘like the repeat o a forgotten film that has mellowed with time and become something else.’ Lazarus keeps remembering what he felt, and what he felt was loving, laziness, longing. For Lazarus the past is a series of shifting perspectives and impressions. When he understands that as an artist he has seen the beloved only as a theme for a work of art - and that his knowledge of life has been gleaned through images - then memory becomes for him, as for Proust, a kind of grace. The imagery of film and of light, seen with both the inner and outer eye, is brilliantly used by Vassilis Vassilikos. He is a master stylist. And the inner landscape of the mind is balanced throughout The Photographs by the scenery of Greece - the sea, the sky, the old cities. Vassilikos writes about what he feels keenly: his love of a people and a land. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 41820

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Title: The Photographs

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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