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Anastasia Faltaits

Anastasia Faltaits was born in Chania in 1938. For many years and until 1979 she taught at the Panteion University at the post of the professor in Political History of modern Greece and published historical essays on modern Greek history.


Anastasia Faltaits was born in Chania in 1938. For many years and until 1979 she taught at the Panteion University at the post of the professor in Political History of modern Greece and published historical essays on modern Greek history.

The following titles are included among her works: 'On Ioannis Kapodistria's naval policies', 'National loans during the 1821 revolution and the mortgage of national land', 'Counselors and Consulates in Skyros during the Turkish occupation', 'The Skyrian sea-fighters Michael and Dimitrios Anestis' etc.

She was the publishing editor of the Historical Documents of the 1821 revolutionary period of Crete Archives and of those regarding the Hellenic palingenesis (Greek Parliament editions).

Her early engagement in literature begun with her first novel 'Chasing my shadow' in 1955.

Between 1960 and 1970 she was considered one of the most important representatives of contemporary female literature.

During that period, she was publishing her articles for the ODIGITIS magazine under the alias 'Markos Evgenikos' and her short stories under her maiden name 'Anastasia Giannoudaki', where 'exceptionally strong emotions emerge', as her reviewers point out.

Her short stories 'If our manly faces' and 'Sorrowful convoys', which illustrated the main issue at that time of youth's immigration, have been very popular and the prominent poet Dialechti Zevgoli - Glezou - in one of her articles on a major daily newspaper in 1963 - recognized her as one of the few new writers that were expected to evolve next-generation's literature.

'The betrayed song' - her best work at that period - has been a chronicle of Greek youth's struggles for the reunion of Cyprus and Greece in which she also actively participated having intense personal experiences.

In 1971 she married Manos Faltaits and thenceforth she was in charge of the management and operation of the Popular and Historical Museum, greatly contributing in its evolution, development and promotion in Greece and abroad.

Her role in the organization of the scientific events of the museum has been valuable and in many domains exclusive thus contributing -with Manos- in the development of the great movement of Greek's cultural rebirth along their Hellenocentric directives that is present until now and carries their signature.

Since 1993 she has organized Skyro's Festival of Viglatoria, Palaiopyrgou and she has been directing Manos Faltaits' theatrical works which are performed by the museum's artistic company called 'Skyretes'.

Her late literature works, are mainly concerned with the intellectual rebirth of Hellinism, inspired by her personal struggles and the important cultural events taking place in Viglatoria, Palaiopyrgos.

There is an intense personal touch in her works which comprise a complicated creation of philosophical and temporal contemplation, of the chronological representation of everyday life and course of the museum and of Viglatoria, Palaiopyrgos, deriving in a valuable chronicle that exerts exceptional charm.

Her most recent work delineates three paths:

The first one is concerned with recording the main historical events during the German occupation and of the Greek civil war (1941 - 1945), as these were intensely and tragically been engraved in her juvenile mentality.

Her published works for this period are the chronicles : 'Zemvragou', 'From Zimvragou to Thesion', 'The end of grandpa Theocharis', 'New year's eve, 1942 only with 2 slices of bonito', 'Roomate Mardochaios'.

This series along the rest of her unpublished work, describe the full 1941-1945 period.

Her second intellectual path is an innovative synthesis of diaries, chronicles, striving and ideological manifests written in poetry and prose, that concern historical settings, social struggles and events of Skyros and the entirety of Greece. Events and settings in which she has actively participated with her actions, her thoughts, her assessments and her talks.

These subjects mainly concern her personal struggles and generally her life attitude.

Her third aspect of her creativity was directed to poetic depictions and comments on the more general social settings of Greece and of the world.

Among them one can find her poem: 'Rebels with a cause', that refers to the destructive events that took place in Athens on December 2008.

 

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