Giles Milton “Paradise Lost” – by Alexandros Kalamarides

Paradise Lost  I am looking forward to being back in Houston, and seeing familiar and new faces at our Book Club on Saturday, October 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Upper Kirby location in Houston (3015 Richmond), as we discuss Giles Milton’s account of the 1922 Catastrophe of Smyrna, “Paradise Lost”.

This is an important and well-researched book that came at that unique juncture in time at which the Catastrophe of Smyrna ceases to be a matter of personal memories and drifts fully into the realm of history: the last member of my family directly affected by the event, the “last of the Mohicans” – my aunt Rita, born in Piraeus a few months after the event, her father and grand-father both among the dead of Smyrna in September 1922, passed away a few days ago…

At this event, we hope to use the book as a starting point for discussions about what Smyrna, its subsequent catastrophe, and the eradication of Hellenism from Asia Minor, mean for Greeks – and the broader world – today. Feel free and welcome to join this event if you are reading or have read the book – but also, given its broad-ranging implications, even if you haven’t read the book, but would like to listen in and participate.

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