It was ten o’clock, the TV was on. He was showing pictures from the Polytechnic. A guy, a press representative named Zournatzis, was talking about
“anarcho-communists” who turned against the regime and public order. Here are the kinks. The lens showed broken desks, slogans “down with the junta”, “long live the gangs”, panties, bonnets and broken seats.
I approached the window, raised the bars. I saw them cleaning Stournari with hoses. Winds and lizards passed by and I saw three or four policemen coming out of Stournari’s door with nylon bags, with food that had been given to us by those hungry for freedom and democracy, diagonally towards Exarcheion square.
Through the stories, older as well as recent, that intersperse the book, memory strives to keep the past alive, as a refueling station for the young to continue and reach where we failed. So that they can anticipate the future because otherwise they will never meet it.
Dimitris Papachristos was born in 1950 in Agios Georgios, Istiaea, Evia. He studied economics at ASOEE. He wrote articles in newspapers and was the director of the magazine Polites.
Radio marked his life. For years radio producer at Flash, Sky, Channel 15, ERA and ERT OPEN after the black. He has made political, historical and ecological documentaries. He traveled a lot. He has published twenty-one books and his plays have been performed with great success.
He has lived in Exarchia since 1968 and believes that “memory needs cultivation so that it does not become a barren field, it is our very existence and resists the wear and tear of time and any form of power”.
A few words about the book from the back cover