A Greek Ballad Selected Poems Michális Ganás, David Connolly, Joshua Barley

The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Publication date:
12 Nov 2019
Yale University Press
328 pages: 197 x 127mm

This is the first English-language collection of work by the renowned Greek poet Michális Ganás. Originally from a remote village on the Albanian border, Ganás witnessed the Greek Civil War as a young child, and was taken into enforced exile in Eastern Europe with his family. Weaving together subtle references to the events and places that have defined his life’s story, Ganás’s terse and technically accomplished poems are a combination of folklore, autobiography, and mythology. Whether describing the mountains of his youth or the difficulties of acclimation after his return to Greece, Ganás’s writing is infused with striking and original imagery that speaks to a universal sense of loss.
Featuring expert translations—made in collaboration with Ganás himself—by David Connolly and Joshua Barley, this volume also includes a scholarly introduction to the poet’s life and work.

Michális Ganás is an acclaimed Greek poet and lyricist living in Athens. David Connolly is an award-winning translator and former professor of translation studies in the School of English at the Aristotle University of Thessaloníki. Joshua Barley is a translator of Greek literature and a writer, based in Athens.