Toothpaste with Chlorophyll | Maritime Hot Baths : Stories
by Elias Papadimitrakopoulos
Translated by John Taylor; Illustrated by Alekos Fassianos
Published: September 15, 2020
Available in paper and e-book formats from these booksellers.
Paperback: $16.95 US | ISBN 978-1-878580-01-6
Aer.io | Amazon | B&N | BAM! | Bookshop.org | IndieBound.org
E-Book: $9.99 US | ISBN 978-1-878580-02-3
Aer.io | Amazon Kindle | Apple Books | BN Nook | Kobo
About the Book | About the Author | Praise
About the Book
Toothpaste with Chlorophyll and Maritime Hot Baths are the first two collections of short stories by Elias Papadimitrakopoulos. These books have been reprinted several times in Greece. Papadimitrakopoulos combines his remarkably subtle gift for precision of language with the profound sensitivity and compassion for his subjects that has made his reputation as a master painter of the triste and ephemeral. He received the Petros Haris Foundation Prize from the Academy of Athens in 2010 and the National Literary Award in 2015. His collected short stories are now gathered in a six-volume set published by Gavriilidis. He lives in Athens and, during the summer, on the island of Paros.
The book is translated and has notes and an introduction by John Taylor and features illustrations by Alekos Fassianos
About the Author
Elias Papadimitrakopoulos was born in Pyrgos, in 1930. One of the most beloved and admired Greek short-story writers, he received the Petros Haris Foundation Prize from the Academy of Athens in 2010 and the National Literary Award in 2015. He combines his remarkably subtle gift of precision of language with the profound sensibility and compassion for his subjects that has made his reputation as a master painter of the triste and ephemeral. His collected short stories are now gathered in a six-volume set published by Gavriilidis. He lives in Athens and, during the summer, on the island of Paros.
Alekos Fassianos is widely considered to be one of Greece’s most significant and popular visual artists. The artist’s highly personal, anthropocentric style has evolved, over the years, into a multifaceted visual treatise of everyday life and constitutes a moving symbol of postwar Greece.
John Taylor is an American writer and translator who lives in France. He has translated many French, Italian, and Modern Greek poets and is the author of eleven volumes of short prose and poetry. He has just published Harsh Out of Tenderness: The Greek Poet and Urban Folklorist Elias Petropoulos.
Praise for Toothpaste with Chlorophyll | Maritime Hot Baths : Stories
“The microcosmos created by Papadimitrakopoulos’ prose exercises an irresistible charm on the reader . . . [A] virtuoso, a craftsman, a master of words . . .”Spyros Tsakanias, Greek Prose Since the Second World War
“How is it that Papadimitrakopoulos’ texts are so clear, so luminous, so delicate? What is it that at the same time gives his prose its forceful personality, which has assured for his stories their special place in modern Greek literature?”Elisabet Kotzia, I Kathimerini
“Papadimitrakopoulos’ style is of the same temperament as his themes. Limpid, classical, but then suddenly subversive, with a subtle touch of irony . . . Memory thus functions doubly in his prose . . . ”Vangelis Hatzivasiliou, Avgi