Thessaloniki has always had a strong relationship with literature which has always been a significant part of the city. Due to substantial reasons, the co-capital city of Greece has developed a special presence within the Greek and the European intellectual “schools”, which resulted to an important literary heritage. Although many believe that the literature of Thessaloniki has been a closed universe, but bearing in mind what this city came across, then this impression appears to be nothing but wrong.
Writers, poets and intellectuals of Thessaloniki have always tried to follow the rhythms of the city, the country and the world, regarding the social, the personal and the global concerns. After World War II, Thessaloniki celebrated a special blooming in literature, whereas some of its members had gained international recognition. Apart from that, the city gathered the most interesting elements from the world’s ideas and trends, hence intellectuals have always blended their “local DNA” with the new ideas that reached the city. Moreover, Thessaloniki continues to be a multinational crossroad even nowadays, therefore modern writers and poets keep feeling the vibrancy of the world.
Liberated from the Turks in 1912, Thessaloniki was a mosaic of people with different backgrounds. The divertive elements of the society helped the city to develop an identity that never stagnated, although some times the society used to forget its progressive mind-set and fell back to conservative ideas. The post-war era was the “big-bang” both for the city and its literature. The most prominent writers and poets had appeared by that time, whereas their descendants preserved the magnificent heritage they were granted.
As a result of the great social facts that Thessaloniki went though, many writers and poets focused on an endoscopy that had references to the historic facts but from a personal point of view. And yet, these “inner monologues”, as they are used to be called, had a global or at least an interpersonal basis, reflecting exactly the rhythms of the so-called social imaginary. The great boost of more social writing came by the end of the WWII, when writers and poets tried to realistically interconnect the personal with the social. Additionally, the post-war era was characterized by the urban development of the city, something that affected the style and the aesthetics of Thessaloniki’s literary production.
Until the present day, all the characteristics we mentioned so far have been blending with each other, since Thessaloniki never stopped being a multinational place nor quitted its urban and social development. Being the epicentre of the Balkan Peninsula and a significant hub both for Greece and Eastern Europe, the co-capital city of Greece keeps adopting the world’s new innovative and substantial ideas and trends. Especially the last few years, Thessaloniki has made unquestionably noteworthy steps to innovation and to even more progressive modernization.
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Some significant writers and poets from Thessaloniki, from the post-war era until the present day:
(Giorgos Vafopoulos, Source: http://dreaming-in-the-mist.blogspot.gr)
Nikos Gabriel Pentzikis, Charles Czizek, Takis Varvitsiotis, Yorgos Themelis, Statis Doukas, Yorgos Vafopoulos, Manolis Anagnostakis, Zoe Karelli, Kleitos Kurou, Costas Tachtsis, Yorgos Ioannou, Nikos Alexis Aslanoglou, Dinos Christianopoulos, Roula Alavera, Alexandra Bakonika, George Skampardonis, Tolis Nikiforou, Maria Kentrou-Agathopoulou, Stavros Zafiriou, Georgia Triandafyllidou, Sakis Serefas, Sophia Nicolaidou, Chloe Koutsoumpeli, Danis Koumasidis, Yorgos Alisanoglou, Georgia Trouli