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By Vasiliki Scotes,Thomas J. Scotes

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The greater than 300 Greek folksongs and poems during this assortment have been dictated from reminiscence via Vasiliki Scotes from her ninety-seventh 12 months till the start of her hundred and fourth. the gathering comes from a time now gone, lived out in a distant mountain village in Greece whilst people customs and ideology have been nonetheless energetic and unaffected via city and overseas affects. It additionally marks the tip of an eons-old Greek culture of oral transmission, which Vasiliki ably personified and maintained and whose riches she passionately and with a bit of luck desired to show to destiny generations.

Songs of affection, songs of demise, songs of struggle, songs of bandits, songs of labor, songs of prayer, songs of satire, songs of youngsters, songs of lullabies and of enjoyable - all could be stumbled on right here. additionally integrated are proverbs and maxims, an essential component of day-by-day discourse within the Greek villages of yesteryear. Translated and annotated by way of her son, this assortment could be likened to Vasiliki's final “flokati” woven at the loom of her stories, recalling the times while she sang lots of those related songs seated at one other loom in her family's condo excessive within the Pindus Mountains.

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This is really a impressive selection of songs from one of many world's most important folks traditions. It has the authenticity of a voice that carried the songs for a few years and that has now been translated with care and affection. i like to recommend it with complete heart.

Edmund Keeley, writer of “Inventing Paradise: The Greek trip, 1937-1947”

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Tom Scotes preserves the residue of a disappearing culture and right here weaves it an arresting trend. those thoughts of his mother's oral culture develop into, and may stay, our stories, to boot, when we choose up this assortment and make it our own.

Gregory Maguire, writer of “Wicked”

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