by Menelaos Karamaghiolis , Greece

Αll the way from Astoria N.Y., Theodoros Kolokotronis, a second-generation GreekAmerican, returns to Greece, seeking the historical traces of his name-sake, the glorious General of the Greek War of Independence (1821). This search becomes a concise guide to the multi-faceted identity of the Greeks: ancient symbols that have survived or are being revived, proud descendants of the 1821 heroes, students’ parades and pageants, paint a vivid picture of the contradictions of modern Greece, a country that copes with a huge crisis, armed with her memories.

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