#bestof–#Culture: Resistance or Fight ? (Eternal) Debate w/ ” Petros’ War ” / Ο μεγάλος περίπατος του Πέτρου (1971)

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again and again: it’s about Greece …)


Petros’ War / Ο μεγάλος περίπατος του Πέτρου (1971)

Petros’s War

by Alki Zei


On 28 October 1940, war breaks out in Greece, turning the life of nine-year-old Petros upside-down. In the midst of this new and dangerous situation, the young boy sets off on a long walk full of adventure and excitement, through which he will learn to love his country above all else. Liberation from the Germans four years later finds him playing in the streets, “a man, now, 13 years old!” Alki Zei’s unique storytelling powers combine the drama and suspense of war with a child’s eye view, making Petros’s War one of the most genuine and best-loved tales about this period of Greek history. This stage adaptation is directed by Takis Tzamargias, renowned for his long experience in education, and vividly brings to life the characters and ideas of one of Greece’s greatest writers.

First performance: 03/11/2011

Last performance: 01/06/2012

Days and time of performances: Saturday: 15:00 Sunday: 11:30, 15:00

Boxoffice telephone:: 210 3301881, 210 3305074. For school parties: 210 3301880. Information: Hara Dima




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2 Responses to #bestof–#Culture: Resistance or Fight ? (Eternal) Debate w/ ” Petros’ War ” / Ο μεγάλος περίπατος του Πέτρου (1971)

  1. jonwadier says:

    Alki Zei
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    Alki Zei (Greek: Άλκη Ζέη) (born 1925, Athens, Greece) is a Greek novelist and children’s author. [1]

    1 Biography
    2 Works
    3 References
    4 External links


    Alki Zei studied in the philosophy school of Athens University, the Drama School of the Athens Odeion, and in the screenwriting department of the Moscow Cinema Institute. From 1954 to 1964 she lived in the Soviet Union as a political refugee. In 1964 she and her family returned to Greece, but they all left again when the junta seized power in 1967. That time she stayed in Paris, returning only after the dictatorship fell.

    Alki Zei took up writing very young. During her early years at junior high school she started writing plays for puppet theatre. Her first novel, The Tiger in the Shop Window (a.k.a. Wildcat Under Glass), (1963) was inspired by her childhood spent in Samos and is semi-autobiographical. This was followed by a series of books for children, and in 1987 by her first novel for adults, Achilles Fiancee . Her books have been translated into numerous languages.

    Her teenage novel Constantina and her spiders (a.k.a. Tina’s Web, won the Greek IBBY prize for the best book for older children, and Alki Zei has been nominated as a candidate for the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature. The Mildred L. Batchelder Award was granted for the translation to English and publishing in the United States of Wildcat Under Glass (1970), Petros’ War (1974), and The Sound of the Dragon’s Feet (1980).

    The Purple Umbrella [L’Ombre Mauve in French translation]
    Grandpa the liar (O Pseftis Pappous)
    The Tiger in the Shop Window (a.k.a. Wildcat Under Glass) / Το Καπλάνι της Βιτρίνας (1963)
    Petros’ War / Ο μεγάλος περίπατος του Πέτρου (1971)
    Achilles’ Fiancée / Η αρραβωνιαστικιά του Αχιλλέα (1987) [English translation by G. Holst-Warhaft 1991]
    Uncle Plato / Ο θείος Πλάτων (1975)
    Hannibal’s Shoes / Τα παπούτσια του Αννίβα (1979)
    Constantina and her spiders (a.k.a. Tina’s Web) / Η Κωνσταντίνα και οι αράχνες της (2002)


    ^ “Alki Zei”. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 18 March 2010.

    External links

    Bookboom on Alki Zei

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