|"The Third Wreath" by Kostas Tachtsis
Kostas Tachtsis was born on the 8th of October 1927 in Thessaloniki, but he spent his childhood and adolescence in Athens during one of the hardest periods of our history: Metaxas’ dictatorship, war, occupation, hunger…
In the literary world he first appears as a poet, with three collections which, later, he hastened to denounce:
"Small poems" (1952),
"At about the twelfth hour" (1953). Thus his appearance is actually located in 1954 with the work
"Agreement of Brazilian", while two years later, he publishes the poetic collection
"Cafe Byzantium" (1956).
In the meantime he travels: Europe, America, Australia. From times to times he goes back to Greece. During his stay in 1963, one year before his final return, he publishes the
"Third wreath" (3.500 copies) at his own expenses (he sold his house in Plaka). The first edition will go out of print in 7 years time. The book is republished for a second time in 1970 by «Ermis» publications.
Being politically sensitive, he signs the first manifesto against the dictatorship of the colonels, known as
"Statement of the 18" (1969).
He has translated four comedies of Aristophanes as well as theatrical works from the modern repertoire (Miss Margarita by Atainte, acted by Lambeti).
Kostas Tachtsis is one of the most successful and much-read modern Greek writers. The Third wreath has been released in more than 100.000 copies, while his work has been translated in many foreign languages.
Ekavi’s feminine monologues are the book’s finding that dominates the entire story. They could be compared to parallel musical subjects which wind up in a bittersweet melody. The novel reflects the structures, the immaturity, the faults and the poisonous charm of the Greek lower middle-class. It suggests an interpretation of pre-war, post-war and civil war’s Greece of the rear. And Greece of the rear is Ekavi and her frayed nerves, the gynaecocracy in the family, the Greek woman of mischief and concealed power. The Third Wreath is about the tears and laughter in life. This world is depicted through the use of brilliant and pure language, insuperable linguistic accuracy and precision, flexibility of expression and personal style of the writer. A book of irresistible charm, which has been proved to be a classic.
In the research of the literary magazine “DIABAZÏ” (number 414, January 2001)"The leading writers and the most important books of 20th century", the “Third Wreath” is found in the 10th place of the readers’ preferences.