Monday, May 30, 2005

"Expat" scene

Has anyone read any books by "Expats" (i.e. expatriates) ? The genre is big in the english speaking world--Hemingway in Spain, Henry Miller in Paris, the Americans in Prague in the 1990s and there's Mark Ames et al .

The only Greek equivalent I came across was an Athenian writing about living in New York City in the early 1970s, the title was "Paixhtes Tou Chrono" by Michaelis Moiras. But like most Greek stories its about an economic immigrant, I would like to come across the memoir of an intellectual immigrant, if it exists in the Greek world?

And no, I do not mean Kazantzakis.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Evil 37 said...

You could do worse than Dimitris Alexandrou.You may know him as the author of various books regarding the Hellenic diaspora such as his book on the Kalash. His book is called "Odyssey of a Modern day Greek" which is autobiographical. I haven't been able to get a copy of this myself but it would certainly be worth your while. Just managed to see "My Big fat Greek Wedding" on the tele (like I'm going to part with some cash and watch it at the cinema or DVD) and I can only agree with your sentiments on this presented a while ago. i was cringing every two minutes with the dumb stereotypes. anyway Great site, keep it up!!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Hellenic Nationalist said...

Thnaks for the book ref, Evil 37.
Was Alexandrou the one who travelled the route of Alexander through Paksitan and Afghanistan?Just curious on how he go around to the Kalash.

Thanks for posting.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Hellenic Nationalist said...

one more thing Evil 37,

You remember the entry "Grexploitation" on that movie,that's going back many months. It's horrible how one can become so rich from sterotyping us.

Great Thanks for the compliments. I'm really happy you enjoy this weblog.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Evil 37 said...

Yep, he would be the one. As for the "Grexploitation" bit just the one eh? Good thing you don't live in Australia as quite a few have managed it. :(

10:35 PM  

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