Introduction; The one and only journey of his life; My mothers sin; Who was my brothers murderer?
Georgios Vizyenos was born in 1849 in the small town of Vizye (Vize in Turkish), to the north-west of Constantinople (Istanbul). His whole life was a struggle with family and personal tragedy. His father died when the boy was five years old; two of his sisters perished in early childhood; and one of his brothers died in mysterious circumstances. Despite these inauspicious beginnings, he studied in Germany and became one of the leading Greek poets and short-story writers. Eventually, however, his psychological traumas took their toll, and he spent his last four years in Daphni mental asylum, where he died in 1896.
" Refined language and close observations mark Vizyenos's dense prose. Charged with strong emotions and a love of nature, it is a triumph that the stories' romanticism comes across fresh and true today. The demanding, complex tales are replete with character development, probing psychology and detailed descriptions. Publishers Weekly " Vizyenos brings into question the nature of identity and of reality as constructed by reason and senses. Roderick Beaton Director, Centre of Hellenic Studies, Kings College London