Istos, the first Greek publishing house in Istanbul in 50 years, begun by a group of seven Greeks and Turks, has released a new Greek language novel, Postponements and Descents (Anavoles kai Katiforoi,) written by Christos Anagnostopoulos. A review appeared in the Radikal newspaper on Oct. 13.
The novel, translated from Turkish by Tim Drayton, is the story of two people from the 1964 generation, Dimitris and Giorgios, who were thrown out thrown out as part of by the Turkish government of many Greeks. It was seen as a move involving the crisis in Cyprus.
It is about remaining rootless, being unable to settle in, not being ‘local’ and the inability to feel at home. The two, destined to remain foreign wherever they go, appear to lead suspended lives thanks to decisions which are postponed. Their lives, full of indecision, take them willy-nilly on an ever downward descent.
Istos said it wants to publish more Greek language books to support the growing demand in Turkey to learn Greek. Its first book by an Istanbul Greek, Dositheos Anagnostopoulos, the Orthodox Patriarchate spokesman, related to the problems the Greeks of Turkey had to face upon their arrival in Greece in the 1960′s.