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ITHACA Online
Issue No 24, May 2007: Greek Travel Literature

Greek travel literature made its first appearance during the mid-1920s and has since grown to an impressive volume. Before World War I, Greek travel writers who visited places in Greece and abroad generally recorded their experiences in one of two ways: One was by extended, detail-rich descriptions of the natural and urban landscape, and the other was by exploring and setting the historical context, enabling readers to follow the journey on a different level.
In the years following the war, Greek travel writers lost some of their earlier prestige, in part because the development of tourism meant that travel was no longer a remote objective but had become widely accessible. Yet Greek travel literature did not give up; instead it shifted its aims and ambitions away from the objective, global account to the subjective and necessarily fragmented viewpoint, while also engaging in a productive dialogue with other genres, such as diary, autobiography and reportage.
Annita Panaretou’s clear, well-informed guide, Greek Travel Literature, published in 2002, provides a systematic account of the history of Greek travel writing, both its early phase and its later revival and modernisation.

 
Greek Panorama: Culture, History, Nature
Evgenia Fakinou
Novel
 
Hand-made City
Vassilis Karapostolis
Novel
 
Midnight Sun
Maria Karavia
Novel
 
Land Roads and Sea Roads
Nikos Kasdaglis
Novel
 
Happy To Have Made the Journey of Odysseus
Marianna Koromila
Novel
 
Asia, Asia
Giorgos Veis
Novel
 
The Rose and the Lotus: Journey to Beijing
Anastasis Vistonitis
Novel
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