“The third wedding” is an iconoclastic book.

The writer, Kostas Tahtsis, a self proclaimed homosexual, does not hesitate to expose the  hypocrisy and false ethics, the strength and weakness of the Greek middle class he depicts with such accuracy.

The adaptation of the novel for the theater was undertaken by Mr. Stamatis Fasoulis, a respected actor and director in collaboration with Mr. Niarhou who is unknown to me. The result was impressive. 50 years more or less of Greek history depicted through the narrative of two women: Nina- the one with the three weddings – and Hecuba or Ekavi, the executioner and victim of her family. This tale of two women follows the social history of Greece from the Balkan wars to the Second World War and the Greek civil war. These women’s story, because it is a women’s story and afterwards a women’s play, has little to do with the heroic world of the men. This is a world of survival, struggle, failure, rise and failure again. It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth despite the author’s witty sarcasm.

The female characters, portrayed by Nena Mendi – Ekavi and Filareti Komninou-Nina, overshadow all the male ones. Tahtsis book and the play which follows faithfully the novel depict the Greek society’s struggle for survival during these 50 years.

 

The book and the play allow us another view of Greek society of that period, a view that is not as noble as the ones we usually see but has a taste of reality that one cannot escape from.

Is the situation of today a result of those long, difficult decades of poverty and endless struggle to make ends meet? One cannot but wonder.

 

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