«Gemma» by Dimitris Liantinis (1942-1998)
A very important book that has become «classic» within the Hellenic community. Many people in Greece made their first contact with Hellenism through «Gemma». Thus, Liantinis marked their first step towards Hellenic tradition. But «Gemma» is also an outright hard slap in the face of modern Greek society. Since 2013, «Gemma» is also available in English. We highly recommend it to those who seek their way to indigenous Hellenic culture and to those who want to understand why ethnic Hellenes are so critical to neo-Greek society. Together with Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997), Liantinis belongs to the few modern authors with a strong influence on contemporary Hellenismos.
Dr. Liantinis was Professor at the Department of Pedagogy of the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Athens. In June 1998 he committed suicide. «Gemma» was his final work.
Some people think that Liantinis committed suicide because it was impossible for him to continue living in a barbaric and unethical society, as he saw modern Greece. In his last letter to his daughter Diotima he wrote: «Remember that there will be difficult times to come for the new generations. And it is unfair and very strange that the gift of life is given to humans, and most of them live in the confusion of this funny absurdity. My last act has the meaning of protest against the evil that we, the adults, prepare for the innocent new generations that are coming. We live our lives eating their flesh. An abyssal evil. My sorrow for this crime kills me.»
Author: Dimitris Liantinis
Editor: Nikolitsa Georgopoulou-Liantini
Translator: Yiannis Tsapras
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 262 pages