From Euripides to Sophocles, Greece has given birth to many great writers. Most of them wrote Greek tragedies (what else?!) while others wrote tales of heroism and bravery.
In today’s modern era, Greek authors have expanded their literary horizons to include other genres including comedy, parody and semi-autobiographical tales. These stories, set against the backdrop of historical events have made for some powerful reading.
And it’s not only Greeks who are sharing the Hellenic love.
Victoria Hislop leads the pack of non-Greek writers writing about Greeks. Her inspiring novel The Island was a bestseller, telling the story of the inhabitants of the island of Spinalonga in Crete. This was followed up by other successful novels and short stories also set in Greece.
Brilliant Greek Cypriot writer Eve Makis has enjoyed huge success with her novel Eat, Drink and Be Married, which mixes heart-warming events with the dark undertones of racism and violence. I am currently reading her second book The Mother-in-Law, which I’m sure any daughter-in-law can relate to!
Another Greek author Adrianne Roy, is currently developing her bestselling novel Do You Know Who I Am? into a movie project; a hilarious comedy about Cypriot life in London.
These engaging writers are paving the way for more modern Greek-related tales to fill our bookshelves, and interestingly more and more of these books are being turned into successful motion pictures.
It seems that the days of the wizards and witches are over.
Move over J.K.Rowling, the Greeks are in town.