This Audio Book is spoken in modern Greek language.
The story is about an extraordinary grandfather and his ten-year-old grandson, Antonis. The grandfather, a retired actor in his early eighties, plethoric with emotions, knowledge, experiences - and particular habits, excites Antonis s fantasy whle he narrates stories from his exciting life. Stories which appear to be so excessive and incredible that Antonis always wonders: truth or lies? A tender grandfather - grandson relation, where the effort of the boy to understand his grandfather and make him feel proud of him is brought up through the facts.
With the voices of: Noni Ioannidou, Jannis Tsikis, Dimostehnis Halkiopoulos, Michalis Markatis, Vera Lardi, Niki Ioannidou, Natalia Kappa, Apostolis Ikonomou, Zoe Katsatou, Makis Skotidis, Nikos Polymerou, Jannis Kampouropoulos, Sofia Voloudaki, Sofia Anastasiadou, Eleni Tsagaraki, Petros Damoulis, Takis Pagonis, Stavros Mouratidis, Stella Vait, Niki Kostiani and Anna Mertzani.
Music soundtrack: Christos Xenakis.
Production & Sound Design:Takis Pagonis.
Duration: 3hrs 2mins (3x Audio CDs)
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Alki Zei is an outstanding figure in contemporary Greek literature. The greater part of her literary work is addressed to children and is a landmark in the field of children s literature. Alki Zei has dealt with many forms of expression, such as short stories and plays, but mainly with novels.
Her work is characterized by realism, social concern for the contemporary problems of bourgeois society, respect for historical truth, discreet projection of ideological messages, as well as references to ever-lasting values. Despite the realism and seriousness of their subject matter, her books stand out for their optimistic outlook on life and their humor, without lacking the dexterity of storytelling, which is the charming playground of literature.
The basic axes of her prose are history and autobiography, which intermingle with the writer s storytelling ability. The viewing of reality, historical and social, through the eyes, the speech, the spiritual and psychological maturity of children, makes her texts particularly attractive to the child reader.
Her novels, with the exception of The purple Umbrella and Constantina and her Spiders, could easily be classified as belonging to the contemporary historical novel, with particular reference to the shattering events of modern Greek history, i.e. the Dictatorship of Metaxas in 1936 (Wildcat under glass, partly and indirectly also The sound of the dragon's feet), the German Occupation Liberation of Greece (Petros war) and the more recent dictatorship 1967-1974 and the Polytechnic students uprising in 1973, indirectly reflected in The sound of the dragon's feet, while in Uncle Plato there are sides of the life of the political refugees.
The novel The sound of the dragon's feet historically takes place in Russia before the revolution, but the reference to events of the Metaxas Dictatorship as well as to those of the Polytechnic uprising in 1973 in Greece is pretty obvious. In this novel the writer shows the universality of certain historical situations and ideas, such as those concerning freedom, democracy, resistance. She does this by abolishing the boundaries of time and place and by making the text accessible to any historic-cultural environment. The same applies to her other historical novels (Wildcat under glass, Petros' war). It is not accidental that all these three books have been awarded the Mildred Batchelder Prize (l970, l974, 1980), which is given by ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) in U.S.A. to the best foreign book in English translation. Pupils of French schools have also performed Wildcat under glass.
With her books, Alki Zei is the first writer to make reference to historical periods and political events from which the children s reading public was excluded until then. The reference is conducted in an objective manner in what concerns debatable historical events. Frankly, without evasions or passing over some events in silence, Alki Zei proves that a book written for children can deal with all the subjects that create the historic-social and cultural background in which children partake in their own way.
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