Greek publisher announces translation of 'Athens - The Truth'

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Savalas to publish translation of book on Athens by New Zealand writer David Cade

Savalas (Athens) has announced publication later this year of a Greek translation of ‘Athens – The Truth’, a 400-page book presenting David Cade's passionate examination of the Greek capital in early 2010, just as news of Greece’s dire financial troubles was breaking.

Savalas has announced that Cade’s ‘Athens – The Truth’ will leave readers startled and fascinated and give them food for thought. “It is a bold, penetrating look at today’s Athens, an enchanting and exasperating city full of contrasts and secret charms, its people and culture, the tempestuous history of a small but proud nation, and the controversial issue of its agonizing present state. Through his plethoric, well-meant criticism, the writer offers us his own truth. Do we have the courage to listen to it?"

“As newscasts all over the world make extensive references to the oncoming economic crisis in Greece, David Cade talks with Athenians, explores many of the city sights, delves into the most crucial periods of Greek history, and discovers aspects of Athens unknown even to its own inhabitants. In an unprejudiced, objective narrative free of any touristic superficiality, and with no intention to sound pleasant or flatter, he shows today’s Greece and its people through the eyes of a foreigner, speaks of the impression Athens makes on its visitors, and tries to explain what makes this city so special.”

Regarding the question of whether Greek readers will have courage sufficient to hear the criticism as well as the praise, in February 2014 Greek newspaper Ekathimerini published a critical review of the work.

Cade responded saying Ekathimerini’s reviewer, Alex Clapp, critiqued the book by way of numerous inaccuracies and falsehoods. “In essence, it seems the paper’s intention was to dismiss the most important and most controversial elements of the book’s content. However once the Greek translation appears, Greek readers worldwide will have the chance to make up their own minds, and I expect there’ll be a considerable range of strong reactions,” commented the New Zealand writer. “The most wonderful thing about the responses to the English edition so far is that it’s brought me into contact with a number of Greeks, in Greece and elsewhere, who’ve really welcomed the book with open arms and been so thankful that I’ve written what I have”.

Athens – The Truth: Searching for Mános, Just Before the Bubble Burst
By David Cade
Published by Tales of Orpheus, 2013
Paperback Edition: ISBN 9780955209031
Kindle Edition: ISBN 9780955209048

What readers have said:
~ 'Absolutely addictive!'
~ 'charming, . . . critical and thought-provoking'
~ 'a love-letter to Athens'
~ 'exceptional work . . . packed with information'
~ 'The author really makes the reader yearn for Athens'
~ 'Irresistible read!'
~ 'see what is true and what is a myth about Greece and especially Athens'
~ 'You will just completely fall in love with the culture, the streets, and the people of Athens'
~ 'a story that is relevant, packed with data, and historically and socially conscious'
~ 'A fascinating read for anyone, whether you backpack the globe or haven't ever left your county'
~ 'well written and immensely interesting, the musical background of the author making it very special'

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The full announcement of the Greek translation of “Athens – The Truth” can be seen at:

David Cade is a writer and actor currently based in the Shropshire Hills, England. He has worked in classical record production, schools, universities, and theatre. He studied Drama, Theatre Arts, and Music at the University of Birmingham and has an MA in Linguistics from the University of London. Besides the United Kingdom, he has lived in New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, and the Middle East. The music of Greece is his passion.

An analysis of the Ekathimerini review can be seen at:

High-resolution images and review copies are available on request.

Source: Tales of Orpheus.


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