Σαν ένας άγγελος που έχασε τον δρόμο του

Like an angel who has lost their way

Ηλίας Κουνέλας, Ilias Kounelas

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A bilingual edition of Ilias Kounelas’ Σαν ένας άγγελος που έχασε τον δρόμο του (Like an angel who has lost their way), a brilliant evocation of the poetic sensibility of one of modern Greece’s finest writers, Tasos Leivaditis.

Originally published in Greek in the journal Σύναξης (Synaxis), no. 164, October – December 2022. Translated into English by N.N. Trakakis.

This limited run book includes Kounelas’ text interspersed with images and aphorisms, many of which have been contributed by the New York-based musical duo ‘R. Missing’.

Υπάρχει ένας τρόπος ν’ αυτοκτονήσεις
που λέγεται ποίηση.
– Sinclair Beiles

1.

Χρειάζεσαι ένα σκαμπό. Κι ας είναι παιδικό. Αρκεί να σε αντέχει. Ένα δωμάτιο. Όχι απαραίτητα κενό. Ούτε κατοικήσιμο. Κατά προτίμηση ένα δωμάτιο που επιστρέφεις. Χρειάζεσαι πίστη και υπομονή. Χωρίς λάπτοπ και διαδίκτυο, δυστυχώς στις μέρες που ζούμε, είναι αδύνατο να συμβεί. Η ώρα είναι στην κρίση ολονών. Κάποτε θα έλεγα όταν το ’χεις ανάγκη. Τώρα δεν θα επιμείνω. Δεν έχουμε ανάγκη να ζήσουμε μόνο όταν το έχουμε ανάγκη. Θέλουμε να ζούμε διαρκώς. Αυτός αυτό το ξέρει. Ας μη σε πιάνει πανικός. Αυτός ζει και μέσα στ’ όνειρο και μέσα στον εφιάλτη και στο μέλλον και το παρελθόν.

There is a way of committing suicide
called poetry.
– Sinclair Beiles

1.

You need a stool. Even a children’s one will do. As long as it can bear your weight. A room. It need not be vacant. Nor habitable. Preferably a room to which you retreat. You must have faith and patience. These days, unfortunately, it can’t happen without a laptop and internet. The timing is up to each. In the past I would’ve said whenever you need to. Now I won’t insist. Not only when we need to, do we need to live. We want to live endlessly. He knows that. Don’t panic. He lives inside the dream and inside the nightmare, in the future and in the past.

Excerpts from the book

Author

Ilias Kounelas is an actor, author and theatre director. He was born in 1982 in the Hungarian village of Beloiannisz (Greek: Μπελογιάννης), founded by Greek refugees after the civil war and named after communist leader Nikos Beloyannis shortly after his execution in March 1952. Kounelas grew up in Budapest and Thessaloniki, and graduated from the National Theatre of Northern Greece in 2006. Since 2010 he has been staging shows before small audiences, even an audience of only one, in non-traditional spaces such as abandoned shops, church courtyards, city squares, hospital wards, prisons and private houses. Since 2012 he has been teaching in the Drama School of the Athens Conservatoire. He has authored Το εγχειρίδιο ενός καλού κλόουν (The Good Clown Manual), published in 2018 by Kaleidoscope, Athens.

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Ηλίας Κουνέλας, Ilias Kounelas

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