No of Pages: 140
ISBN Print: 978-0-6454998-6-5
Farewell to Robert
Two men, Robert and Vras, met in 1993 and formed a committed relationship until Robert’s death of leukemia in May, 2022. This short book is a farewell letter to Robert, a long lamentation and a threnody, exploring the nature of their friendship, their own transformation over time and finally the unexpected event of death. In the letter, Vras unfolds the expression of grief and loss after their pledge to ‘grow old together’ didn’t eventuate. He recollects their shared experiences and encounters while presenting a relationship which brought together affection, intimacy, eros and friendship. Without idealisation or escapism, this confessional letter pays homage to the power of human emotions and the destiny formed by the will of lovers to be together, until death tore them apart and, perhaps, beyond death.
About the Author
Vrasidas Karalis holds the Sir Nicholas Laurantos’ Chair in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney. He has published extensively on Byzantine historiography, Greek political life, Greek Cinema, European Cinema, the director Sergei Eisenstein and contemporary political philosophy. He has also worked extensively as a translator (novels by Patrick White) and the theory of transcultural translation. He has edited volumes on modern European political philosophy, especially on Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt and Cornelius Castoriadis. His recent publications include A History of Greek Cinema (Continuum/Bloomsbury 2013) and Greek Cinema from Cacoyannis to the Present (forthcoming by I.B. Tauris). He has also published Recollections of Mr Manoly Lascaris (2007) which explores diasporic identity through the life of Patrick White’s partner.