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The Germans Are To Blame For Everything

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Original Language: German | 112pp. | 2014

2 Seas Represents: Dutch Rights.

Rights Sold: Germany (Kunstmann).

Full original German text available.

PHILOSOPHY| POLITICS

A collection of highly original and thought-provoking dialogues on Greece and the Greeks and the real reasons behind Greece’s present predicament

Following the great success of On The Unhappiness Of Being Greek in Germany, Nikos Dimou returns with a collection of twelve highly original and thought-provoking dialogues on Greece and the Greeks and the real reasons behind Greece’s present predicament.

Using historical facts, the writer maintains that it was the German intellectuals’ “discovery” of Ancient Greece at the end of the eighteenth century and the idealized image of “Greek perfection” they propagated that is largely to blame for Greece’s present troubles. Whereas on the one hand the re-discovery of Ancient Greece helped motivate the Big Powers to help Greeks in their war of independence, on the other this idealized image of the ancient past created a heavy burden for Greeks themselves “as their ego became too big for their country.” For this inflated ego and its consequences, the writer blames the German romantics – from Winckelmann to Goethe to Hoelderlin to Novalis, among others. Written in Dimou’s clear and flowing prose, the book ends with an essay on the gap between Greece and the West and the underlying reasons behind Greece’s failure to become a western nation.

Praise for Twelve Dialogues About Greece:

“A book with humour that encourages us to think about European co-existence.” – NZZ am Sonntag, 2014

“Dimou offers us fundamental insight into the traumatized, complex and long relationship between Greeks and Europeans.” Tages Anzeiger, 2014

“(German) President Joachim Gauck should read the new book by Greek writer and philosopher, Nikos Dimou –it will prove more instructive and entertaining than the study of documents.”– Südwest Presse online, 2014

“Nikos Dimou balances successfully between philosophy, advertising and politics.” – Welt kompakt, 2014