Tasos Livaditis//Τάσος Λειβαδίτης

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ΜΙΑ ΚΟΙΝΗ ΚΑΜΑΡΗ

 

Ανέβαινα απ’ ώρα τη σκάλα, μου άνοιξε μια γριά με μια μαύρη
σκούφια, “εδώ έχουν πεθάνει πολλοί” μου λέει “γι αυτό ό,τι κι αν
πεις δεν ακούγεται”, τότε είδα κάποιον που σερνόταν κάτω απ’ τον
καναπέ, “τί ψάχνει;” ρώτησα, “ο Χριστός” μου λέει “θα `ρθει κι
άλλες φορές”, η γυναίκα έριχνε τα χαρτιά, τρόμαξα καθώς είδα το
χέρι της ν’ ανεβαίνει, “θα χάσεις πολλές φορές το δρόμο” μου λέει,
“μα πώς θα τον χάσω” της λέω “εγώ είμαι ανήπηρος και δεν περ-
πατάω, άλλος σέρνει το καροτσάκι”, “κι όμως θα τον χάσεις” μου
λέει, “είσαι μια πουτάνα” της λέω “να με ταράζεις άγιον άνθρωπο
—κι εσύ, αφού κανένας δε σε θέλει, γιατί κουνιέσαι;”, “δεν κουνιέ-
μαι εγώ” μου λέει “το καντήλι τρέμει”, την λυπήθηκα, “σε ξέρω”
τής λέω “δέν αποκλείεται, μάλιστα, να `χουμε ζήσει πολύν καιρό
μαζί”, η ώρα ήταν επτά ακριβώς, κοίταξα το ρολόι μου κι έδειχνε
κι εκείνο το ίδιο, “τώρα αρχίζει” σκέφτηκα με απόγνωση, κι η
γριά με συρτά βήματα πήγε και μαντάλωσε την πόρτα.

 

AT THE BROTHEL

I was going up the stairs for a while when an old woman with a black
hood opened the door “everyone has died here” she says to me
“whatever you say nobody listens”; then I saw someone crawling
under the sofa “what is he looking for?” I asked “Christ” she says to me
“will come a few more times”; the woman started to read the cards
I was scared when I saw her hand pointing at me “you will lose
your way many a time” she says to me “how can I lose it” I say
“I’m crippled, I don’t walk, someone else pulls the cart”, “you will still
lose it”, “you are a whore” I say to her “and you disturb me, a holy man
—and you, if no one wants you why do you tease me?”, “I don’t tease
you, it’s the candle that flickers”; I felt sorry for her. “I know you”
I say to her “in fact it’s possible that we lived together long time ago”
the time was exactly seven o’clock; I looked at my watch and it showed
the same time “now she’ll start again” I thought in despair and
the old woman with slow steps went and locked the door.

 

TASOS LIVADITIS BIOGRAPHY

 
Tasos Livaditis (Anastasios Panteleimon Livaditis) was born in Athens April 20, 1922, son of Lissandros Livaditis and Vasiliki Kontoloulou. He was enrolled in the Law School of the University of Athens. German occupation interrupted his studies and his involvement with the Resistance and the political party EPON. His father, bankrupt by this time died during the occupation years and while the poet was exiled in Makronisos his mother also died. In 1946 he got married to Maria Stoupa, the valuable companion of his life and they had a daughter, Vassiliki. That same year he made his first literary appearance with the publication of his poem The Hatzidimitri Song in Elefthera Grammata. In 1947 he coordinated the release of the literary magazine Themelio. The years 1948-1952 he was exiled in Moudros, Saint Stratis, Makronisos along with all leftist artists and thinkers, Yannis Ritsos, Aris Alexandrou, Manos Katrakis, and many others. In 1952 his poetry books Battle at the Edge of the Night and This Star is for all of us were noticed. Three years later he was taken by the police because of his book It Blows in the Crossroads of the World but he was acquitted. His book Women with Equine Eyes, 1958, was a landmark in his literary career and his turn into the introverted and existential poetry of his middle life. In 1961 he went on a country tour along with Mikis Theodorakis who presented his poems set in music and Tasos Livaditis interacted with the audience reciting his poems and talking to them. The same year he collaborated with Kosta Kotzias in the writing of the script and the poems for the Alekos Alexandrakis film Neighbourhood of Dreams which was the turning point of Greek cinema but which was censored by the police. Livaditis co-operated with the newspaper Avgi from 1954-1980 with the exception of seven years during the dictatorship of the four colonels and with the magazine Art Review1962-1966 where he published a few political reviews and critiques. During the dictatorship 1967-1974 he translated various Greek literary works for commercial magazines in order to earn his living while he reminiscent the old days of the struggle and he reflected at the harshness of modern day life something he couldn’t accept a stand that reflected in his poetry of those days and in particular in his book Night Visitor. In 1986 he published his book Violets for a Season which is considered his swan song. He died in Athens, October 30th 1988 of an abdominal aneurism. The rest of his hand written poems were published after his death in a book titled Autumn Handwritings.
He was the recipient of the First Poetry Prize in the World Youth Poetry Festival of Warsaw 1953, the First Poetry Prize of the City of Athens, 1957; the second National Literary Prize for poetry 1976; the First National Literary prize for poetry 1979.
Livaditis was a founding member of the Company of Writers.
His verses were set in music by Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Loizos, George Tsagaris and other Greek music composers.

~Τάσου Λειβαδίτη-Εκλεγμένα Ποιήματα/Μετάφραση Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη
~Tasos Livaditis-Selected Poems/Translated by Manolis Aligizakis
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ΞΕΝΟΣ/STRANGER

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Μπήκε στο ημίφως του μπάρ

εύθραυστος κόσμος

γιομάτος πάθος

ελπίδες κι όνειρα

η ζωή του

μιά έκλειψη

καμπύλη του όλου

τέλεια ροή αθωότητας

η καρδιά του

μουσικό όργανο γαλήνης

τραγούδι και ρυθμός απ’ τα πανάρχαια χρόνια

και μόνο δροσιά στις παλάμες του

στις ίριδες των ματιών

η ακόμα παρθένα οικουμένη

αντανακλούσε σαν υπόσχεση

οι θαμώνες του μπαρ τον διέκριναν

σαν ηγέτη παλιάς εποχής

συγγραφέα αρχαίων κειμένων

συλλέκτη αυθεντικών τεμαχιδίων τέχνης

που κανένας δεν αναγνώριζε πια

έναν ηγέτη λαών, ένα χρισμένο

ευλαβή

με τα σημάδια στους καρπούς

και τ’ άλλα εκείνα ανθρώπινα στίγματα

σκαλισμένα στο δέρμα του

μερικοί

γύρισαν τα βλέμματά τους στο πλάϊ

μερικοί θαμώνες

τα `κλεισαν από αμφιβολία

ευχήθηκαν θάταν καλύτερα

να μην είχαν έρθει σήμερα στο μπαρ

και μερικοί άλλοι

μαζεύτηκαν γύρω του

σε κοντινή απόσταση

σε κάποιον που δεν καταλάβαιναν

αλλά από θαυμασμό στο παρουσιαστικό του.

Και τους μίλησε.

Οι λέξεις του απορροφούσε τον πόνο τους

οι ματιά του ελευθέρωνε το πεύμα τους

αλλά κανένας δεν άκουσε

μήτε είδε

όταν ήρθε η ώρα

που ο προδότης σκόπευσε την καρδιά του

με το αλάθητο πιστόλι

ο ξένος ίστατω περήφανα

καθώς η σφαίρα έκαψε τη σάρκα του

κι έπεσε αργά

ώσπου ακίνητος έμεινε στο πάτωμα,

πιασμένος στα νύχια συγκυρίας

και την παγωμένη αναπνοή θανάτου

σε κούνια νανουρισμένη για λίγο

παντοτινά

για πάντα

κι όμως ποτέ

κι ο κύκλος συμπληρώνεται

κι πανάρχαιος μύθος

πάντα ξαναρχινά

οταν κάποιος ξένος

μπαίνει μέσα στον εύθραυστο κόσμο.

 

He entered the shadowy bar
a fragile cosmos
filled with passion
hopes and dreams

his life
an ellipse
a contour of totality
a flawless flow of innocence
his heart
an instrument of serenity
a song and rhythm from medieval times
but only freshness in his palms
in his irises
the universe still virginal
reflecting the promise in his eyes

the patrons of the bar recognized
a leader of bygone eras
a writer of ancient books
a collector of genuine relics
none believed in anymore,
an avatar, anointed one
to be revered
the one with the stigmata
and other human scars
engraved in his skin

a few men
turned their envious eyes aside
some of the patrons
closed them in disbelief
they wished he’d never entered their bar
and others
gathered around him
in close proximity
to someone they didn’t understand
in awe of his mere presence

And he talked to them
his words absorbing their pain
his glances uplifting their spirits
but one did not hear or see

when the time came
for the traitor to aim at his heart
with an unerring pistol
the stranger stood tall
as the bullet burned through his flesh
falling slowly
until he lay motionless,
caught in the clutch of circumstance
and the ice cold breath of death
cradled in captivity for awhile
for eternity
for ever
yet never
the circle comes full
and the ancient myth
always recommences
when a certain stranger
enters a fragile cosmos.

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