Around the Lagoon by A. Papadaimantis

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Around the Lagoon by A. Papaidamantis

‘Around the Lagoon’ is one of Papadiamandis’s most finely crafted and densely written stories. Unusually, it is written in the second person and addressed to a ‘friend’, who can be seen as the narrator’s younger self. The narrator evokes his childhood experiences of unrequited love and betrayed friendship amid an idyllic natural setting. As is usual in his stories, ‘Around the Lagoon’ combines a plot involving individual characters with descriptions of work, customs and manners practised by the whole community. Work plays a major role in this particular story, especially in the detailed and vivid descriptions of boat-building, the preparations leading up to the launch of a boat into the bay, and the launch itself with its associated traditional ceremony and the celebration which follows. This translation of 'Around the Lagoon' is a revised version of the translation which first appeared in Volume I of The Boundless Garden: Selected Short Stories by Alexandros Papadiamandis (2007). Peter Mackridge is Emeritus Professor of Modern Greek at the University of Oxford. 72 pages with six photographs.