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27/11/2008
The work of the literary men of the period after Second World War

Psyrras Thomas, Literature in Larissa (19th to 21st century), Draft, Larissa, 2008, in Greek language

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In Larissa, from 1945 to 1967, literary men lived and created in exclusion, in a social loneliness. The literary figures who did not leave in big urban centres (like Damianos Voulgarakis, Vasiliki Papagianni and Makis Lachanas), they suffered – as it is expressed through their discourses, it is very likely that they “hated” their birthplace. Nevertheless they will decide to risk and to overcome these difficulties. They are the people who castigated the morals and the “provincialism” of the economically developed city of Larissa.

Others, they moved to Athens (like Giannis Negrepontis and Kostas Tsiropoulos).
The fight of the resistance of Thessaly against the invaders influenced their main themes.

Furthermore, important figures who were involved in the mass media industry of these times, are Kostas Vidalis and Georgios Kotzioulas. The short presence of “intellectual” journalist of "Rizospastis", Kostas Vidalis (he is murdered in 1946 at the Melia village) and of Georgios Kotzioulas (Rapsista 1909-Athens 1956) in Larissa in 1945, influenced many young intellectuals of Larissa. Kotzioulas, as long as he lived in Larissa, he wrote "the Bazaar of Thessaly at 1945". In this work, he gives a vivid description of bazaar of Larissa "while teaching" the locals that the rural literature has much to offer to the national literature.

It is therefore seen that the literary figures that finally choose to stay in Larissa; they create a polymorphous unique type of literature in peripheral smaller cities, a literature described also as the “literature of testimony”.

In that similar climate of testimony, other testimonial type of writing made his presence, that, of the people who lived the resistance of Thessaly and the years following the fall of the dictatorship of 1973. Texts of Mimis Boukouvals that were edited by Alexis Sevastakis, texts of Kostas Gritzonas, Lazaros Arseniou, Rizos Mpokotas, Vaggelitsa Samara and Kostas Papagaryfallos (editor of newspaper "Truth") as wells as the book "Dark River" gave a chronicle of the period (1922-1948).

The only one of the writers, who remains in Larissa and doesn’t “enter the literature of testimony”, is the psychiatrist Makis Lachanas. Finally, Kostas Tsiropoulos (born in Larissa, 1930) [he also uses the pseudonyms "Kostas Evaggelou" and "Minito"] is the editor and the director of one of the oldest magazines, "Efthini" and the publisher of the magazine "The editions of the Friends", he is a writer not very known to the wide public but he is a significant figure of the Greek letters.