First American Edition of Vassilis Vassilikos' Z; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Item Number: 1164
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968.
First American edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original black cloth. Warmly Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For _____ with my friendship, Vassilis Vassilikos.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows very light wear. Jacket design by Enrico Arno. Translated from the Greek by Marilyn Calmann.
Z was published in Greece in 1966, and banned there one year later. It is based on an actual political assassination in 1963 in Salonika. The victim was Gregory Lambrakis, a socialist legislator and outspoken critic of the government. But Lambrakis's killers could not have anticipated the public response. His funeral became a political event; by the time the cortege reached Athens, 400,000 people were following the coffin in silence. In the nation's capital, the letter Z suddenly appeared on walls, sidewalks, posters--everywhere. Z stands for the Greek verb zei, "he lives." It is the basis for the award-winning film, starring Yves Montand and Irene Pappas and directed by Costa Gavras.