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Napoleodia

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Napoleodia

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22 June 2021

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2021

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“Napoleodia” is an elegant, pseudo-historical, hilarious comedy by the leading modern Greek writer Andreas Staikos. The story evolves in postrevolutionary Greece, specifically in 1833, the day of the arrival of King Otto, in Nafplio. Inspired by an unobtrusive recorded event, the beating of a 1821 fighter because he could not dance a waltz, is a timely commentary on the eternal temperament of the Greeks, who have always been tormented and blessed by the tug-of-war between East and West. In “Napoleodia”, the author, through his characteristic language game, comments on racism, violent Europeanisation and xenomania and, using history as a vehicle, stylises the timeless features of Greek society and the temperament of the modern Greek. Food for political thought, a crevice of today’s light in the unknown past of the country, where the two disparate worlds are homogenized. The social fabric of the Greek fighters is altered, the real fighters are exploited and ridiculed and their barbaric and pure struggles as well as their fruits are being handed over in awkward and slavish hands.

(Edited and translated abstract from organiser’s website)

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