Whenever I wrote a text for a book that I considered important or it had deeply moved me, I hesitated to say the word "criticism" when I gave it to a newspaper or literary magazine. I always believed that I had no right to "judge" someone else's creation, that what I was writing was just a personal opinion, meaning, it was coming out of my own education or perception. Anyway, I feel grateful for what I wrote, because you always come out winning from diving in a major work, searching for the anxiety that was not yours but perhaps parallel to yours. Or, still, seeking the knowledge that takes you beyond. I also feel grateful for what they wrote about me, as they wrote it.
Because I feel the same for those who wrote about my books. They are testaments of their own perception, their own insight or their ability to penetrate. And I say this not out of lack of respect or thanks, but out of a full sense that it may be so. That it is a personal approach by them beyond the meaning of the word 'criticism'. Besides this is also confirmed by the world history of literature. We saw books that were not praised or even ignored by critics triumph one day. And we saw others that were glorified, lost and forgotten. Without arguing that, an enlightened and insightful “critic” can reveal things that even the author had not pointed out. Or, even to help the author with his astute observations. I just think the word "criticism" is not exactly accurate.
Personally, I know why I wrote so many texts about books whose authors I never knew, nor expected anything in return. I remember, for twenty days, and maybe more, I was working on Jaqueline De Romilly's book "Thucydides and Athenian Imperialism". And as many about Hermann Diels and Walther Kranz's book "The Presocratic writings". Or, even, for the wonderful books "The Ritual Lament" by Margaret Alexiou and George Steiner's "Antigones". To this day, I know that these texts, and many like them, I wrote for me. To help my thinking, my own perception. Or, even, my soul. Today I am grateful for the texts I wrote. Some of them had overwhelmed me.
I also feel grateful to those who wrote about my books. Most of these texts are illuminated, written with love and deep insight, analytical thought, and helped me as a writer and as a human being. But no criticism can make a book better, or the opposite, than it is. Because it is always a subjective testament, in terms of the intellectual capacity of the one who writes it.
"Fragments of the Presocratics" by Hermann Diels – Walther Kranz ■ George Steiner, "Antigones, How the Antigone Legend Has Endured in Western Literature, Art, and Thought" ■ "Theatre, first volume, Victory, Red sky, To you who listen to me" by Loula Anagnostaki ■ "Ahead to the war cry" poetry collection by Hector Kaknavatos ■ "Woman yesterday and today, Equality, but also dissimilarity by Roula Kaklamanaki ■ "Heaven's roads" and "Transitions" two poetry collections by Takis Varvitsiotis ■ "Ephemeria" by Christos Malevitsis ■ How fated was the fall of Constantinople ■ A poet gone too soon ■ History of the Byzantine civilization by Sture Linnér ■ About writing theatrical plays, by Zoe Samara ■ Five Great Odes by Paul Claudel ■ Chaotics I, poetry by Hector Kaknavatos ■ "The plainsmen, Night adventure" by Christos Malevitsis ■ The decay of memory, poetry by Stelios Loukas ■ Night of Amber, a novel by Sylvie Germain ■ Liquid time, a novel by Helen Gkika ■ The dust of the world , novel by Jacques Lacarrière ■ Starsetting, poetry by Kostas Choreanthis ■ Lemnos, Historical and cultural legacy by George Konstantellis ■ Untold garden, poetry by Stelios Loukas
"The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition" by Margaret Alexiou ■ The demystification of man - through Abraham's sacrifice ■ School of second chance: Korydallos prison ■ The pillage of our history - the 300 ■ Samuel Beckett – A prophet of our century ■ My acquaintance with Samuel Beckett - a genious that shook our century ■ Surrealism in the poetry of Hector Kaknavatos ■ Jacques Lacarrière – Praiser of asceticism ■ The angels await with candles and funerary psalms ■ The City has fallen - The last agony ■ The pillage of our history - the 300 ■ A short history of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich ■ Nikitaras, a model of gallantry and virtue by Dimitris Stamelos ■ Dolls don't cry, a novel by Helen Gkika ■ The prophetic work of Samuel Beckett at the dawn of the new millennium ■ "Looking for Maria", a novel by Eleni Gkika
Home, the archetypal symbol of the soul ■ Don't leave on the waters ■ We are Gods' defeated, a new years eve story ■ Miracles get angry when you don't believe in them ■ The destrucion of a place ■ The ancient hubris in our days ■ What do we get from the riddle of life? Victory or defeat? ■ Decay ■ The crisis in our life ■ Les Misérables by Victor Hugo in our days ■ The Loneliness ■ The new millennium ■ Christmas Days ■ The violence of times.. ■ Oh, these frightened children's eyes ■ 17 writers for the Olympic Games, 2004 ■ After the end of the Olympic Games ■ A desolate sense that hurts ■ "A writer's workspace and the obsession of writing, also: when the story comes to mind"
"Thucydides and Athenian Imperialism" by Jacqueline De Romilly ■ The being and the world - The lesser known side of Iris Murdoch through her philosophical thinking ■ Traditional songs as content of Greek consciousness ■ The evergreen tree, lectures and articles about Greek culture, by George Thomson ■ Medieval triptych by Tasos Athanasiadis ■ Days of Anger by Sylvie Germain
Articles in various publications
Literature, why and for what ■ Samuel Beckett, 25 years after his death ■ Myrina - a journey to memory ■ "Moments in time" poetry by Apostolos Athanasakis ■ How the Theatre of the Absurd was born ■ "Our tongue of marble" by Apostolos Athanasakis ■ Therefore a sycamore, poetry by Pantelis Mpoukalas ■ Game as an expression of life, by Unesco ■ "Journal of an Unseen April" by Odysseus Elytisύτη ■ An eternity of silence, for the poetic collection "Maria" by Zoe Samara ■ The writer of the small country ■ Answer to Ismail Kadare about the church of Hagia Sophia ■ The last christmas of the millennium ■ A watery transparency ■ Odessa, forgotten home by Maria Karavia ■ Poetry 2 volumes by Manolis Pratikakis ■ History of Ancient Athens by Sarantos Kargakos ■ The prophetic work of Samuel Beckett at the dawn of the new millennium ■ Modern Drama: The word of silence, by Afrodite Sivetidou ■ "A book a journey", television show of Stelios Loukas ■ Eugène Ionesco and the Theatre of the Absurd ■ Outside the gates ■ Behind the window ■ Samuel Beckett, 24 years after his death