Exile

A Chronicle, 1948-1950

by Regina Pagoulatou
translated by Theony Condos

The story, very sad and very tragic, but profoundly uplifting, that Regina Pagoulatou tells in this book starts on the feast of Saint George, April 23, 1948. That was more than half a century ago, when most of her readers were not born yet, but their parents were still quite young, and had only recently emerged from the deadly effects of the Second World War. Many of them had lost a father, or an uncle, or a brother in the war. Millions of them, especially Jews, had lost whole families, worse yet, whole communities. Yet, 1948 was a year of abundance and happiness in many western countries. The war had been won, and most Americans were celebrating victory, peace, and prosperity, However, Greece in 1948 was a country devastated by the fascist armies that bombed it, invaded it, burned it to the ground, and put its people to death by blade, bullet, famine, and even gas. Greece in 1948 was also a deeply divided country, one that could not celebrate victory because its people turned against one another in a bitter fratricidal war, On April 23, 1948, the dragon Saint George had conquered reared its ugly head and glared terror at everyone. That was the year the Greek Civil War reached the height of its purposeful and purposeless savagery, the year that Greece itself almost breathed out its very long-suffering soul.

This absolute literary gem of a memoir tells the story of how the author, along with 5,000 other women caught up in the madness, were sentenced to internal political exile, and eloquently recounts the resourcefulness and inspiration with which they dealt with the everyday circumstances of their imprisonment.

ISBN 0-918618-75-4    176 pp    $15.00    Qty: