1989, Signed, Odysseas Elytis, Nobel Laureate, TO AXION ESTI, IT IS WORTHY, Yiannis Moralis


Yiannis Moralis (Greek: Γιάννης Μόραλης; 1916 – 2009) was an important Greek visual artist and part of the so-called “Generation of the ’30s”. He is a person who carried weight in many fields and found himself to be equally au courant. Furthermore, he exhibited a strong sense of responsibility when it came to confronting modern day problems. His art is distinct for the esoteric nature of its forms and its capacity and ability to suggest space.

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Οδυσσέας Ελύτης

Το Άξιον Εστί – To Axion Esti

Odysseas Elytis

It is Worthy

One of Elytis’s masterpieces

Signed and Dedicated by Odysseas Elytis!


Printed by Ikaros in Athens in 1989

8vo, Pages 92


In original soft binding

Front piece and Cover by Yiannis Moralis

Text: Greek

15th Edition

Uncut Copy


Odysseas Elytis pen name of Odysseas Alepoudellis, Greek: Οδυσσέας Αλεπουδέλλης; 1911 – 1996) was a Greek poet, man of letters, essayist and translator, regarded as the definitive exponent of romantic modernism in Greece and the world. He is one of the most praised poets of the second half of the twentieth century, with his Axion Esti  regarded as a monument of contemporary poetry. In 1979, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Source: Wikipedia

Elytis on his war experiences
As a reserve officer, the poet Odysseas Elytis was called up immediately after the Italian invasion and served on the Albanian front with the rank of second lieutenant in the First Army Corps. The translator Kimon Friar says of Eltyis’ war experiences that the poet ‘saw in the heroic resistance of the Greek people against superior odds, throughout their long history, a recklessness of spirit, a divine madness. In the spontaneous reaction of the Greek people to Mussolini’s invasion, he saw the victory of a beautiful rashness over self-calculation, an instinct that could distinguish between good and evil in a time of danger’.

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