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::. Vassilis Vassilikos' s Z among the 1000 novels everyone must read. (09-03-2009 11:57)


On January the Guardian ran a series of «1000 Novels Everyone Must Read». Among these novels appear two Greek writers, Nikos Kazantzakis and Vassilis Vassilikos. Here's the short reference of the paper on our favorite author whose book will appear on a new edition in Topos books very probably next year.

Vassilis Vassilikos: Z (1967)

A study of the military dictatorship which ruled Greece in the 1960s, Z revolves around the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis, a democratic politician killed by right-wing extremists in 1963. Vassilikos's close examination of political corruption had a strong impact, and as a direct result of it the letter "Z" — from the Greek word zei, meaning "he is alive" — became a slogan for political activists. The letter, as well as the book, was banned by the junta. Z's influence was amplified by Costa Gavras's Oscar-winning film adaptation, which was released two years after the book was published.
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