The Greek Community of Melbourne will launch the new bilingual book by George Zangalis, An Ode to mother-my mother, the other Eleni, on Wednesday September 26.
“The story of my mother could very well be the story of every mother who lived the tumultuous years of the German occupation, the Resistance and the civil war, with the persecutions, the enforced exiles and the yearning for the time the family would reunite in Greece, in a peaceful and just world,” says George Zangalis.
In the prologue of the book writer, storyteller and human rights activist Arnold Zable writes:
“Zangalis, in his twilight years, returns to the memory of that last kiss from his mother. And he returns to that which transcends politics, that which is universal, and yet so specific – a tumultuous history reflected in a personal journey. A son leaves for battle, and for distant places in search of a new life, armed with the fire of youth, and many years later, when the battle of life is almost over, the son bears witness, and bequeaths his ode of love for future generations. The other Eleni is honoured, and her life celebrated. The journey is complete.”
The launch event is in collaboration with the Greek-Australian Cultural League, the Hellenic Writers Association of Australia and the New International Bookshop.
When: Wednesday 26th September 2018, 7.00pm
Where: Greek Centre, Mezannine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne