Greek / Greece
2651 ēmeres diktatorias. 21 Apriliu 1967 - 24 Iuliu 1974
(2651 days of dictatorship. 21 April 1967 - 24 July 1974)
Papageōrgiu, Basilēs (Papageorgiou, Vassilis) (illus.)
Athēna: Metaichmio, 2018. – 87 p.
Greece | History 1967-1974 | Dictatorship | Non-fiction
White Ravens issue: 2019
Reading age: 12+
Shaped by the point of view of the author, who was a teenage girl at the time, this partly autobiographical book presents the dark years of the military dictatorship in Greece in a historically well-founded and objective way. It deals both with the deep rupture that these 2651 days caused, especially for young people, and with the way in which Marisa De Castro’s own political thinking gradually developed. The double-spread pages are divided, with events in Greece documented on the left, and simultaneously occurring international events providing some context on the right. To illustrate the texts, Vassilis Papageorgiou altered contemporary press photos. They are rendered partly in murky, diffuse black-and-white, partly in loud, vibrant colours to reflect oppression and resistance as well as the dynamic developments in politics, society, art, music, and fashion, up to the point when the dictatorship was finally overcome after seven years. Renowned author Marisa de Castro has received several awards for her other outstanding non-fiction books.