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Recollections of Mr Manoly Lascaris

“Manoly Lascaris was a truly remarkable man – a character Patrick White might have wanted to invent. Mr Karalis has written of him beautifully, with great sympathy. This is an engrossing and wise book, an altogether moving experience.”  Robert Gray

Recollections of Mr Lascaris relate Vrasidas Karalis’ personal recollections of discussions and meetings with Manoly Lascaris, the Nobel Prize author, Patrick White’s life-partner. In these recollections, Lascaris, an obscure figure in the existing literature on White, appears as a distinct intellectual in his own right, talking about Patrick White, Australia and Greece. His ideas offer new perspectives in the interpretation of White’s work and indicate a different understanding of their relationship. This book sheds light on the life and the mind of an extremely enigmatic man who has been overlooked because of his elusive personality and who spent all his life almost ignored under the shadow of Australia’s most important writer.

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About the Author

Vrasidas Karalis

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.

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