Γιώργος Θεοτοκάς: “ταξίδι” και μυθασχολία
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Please note: this article is in Greek. In this paper we examine the notion of “journey” in two novels by George Theotokas: "Argo" (1936) and "Invalids and Wayfarers" (1964). More specifically, firstly we trace the direct and indirect references the writer makes with regard to the notion of “journey” and then we critically examine the significance this notion plays on his ideas on novel writing and life in general. For Theotokas, the meaning of “journey”, closely associated with the figure of Jason, the famous Argonaut of Greek mythology, and the Aegean Sea, is not static; in his early fiction it represents the need for adventure and renewal ("Argo") and in his latter, the confrontation with merciless fate and historical injustice ("Invalids and Wayfarers"). Thus, George Theotokas, following to some extent other European and Greek writers, such as Gide, Zweig, Solomos or Sikelianos, uses the notion of “journey” in his novels in order to express and reflect on his traumatic experiences from the historical events of his era and his humanistic ideas on art and life.