Johannes Angelos

Johannes Angelos[Reading] ➹ Johannes Angelos Author Mika Waltari – Oaklandjobs.co.uk «Είδατε με τα ίδια σας τα μάτια πως δεν ήρθα ως κατακτητής αλλά ως ελευθερωτής γιατί θα ελευθερώσω τον ελληνι «Είδατε με τα ίδια σας τα μάτια πως δεν ήρθα ως κατακτητής αλλά ως ελευθερωτής γιατί θα ελευθερώσω τον ελληνικό λαό της Κωνσταντινούπολης από τη χιλιόχρονη σκλαβιά των αυτοκρατόρων και των ευγενών Εσείς φταίτε για τα βάσανα της πόλης σας που δεν πετάξατε από πάνω σας το ζυγό και δεν με καλέσατε να σας ελευθερώσω Σε λίγο όμως τα βάσανα θα τελειώσουν»Ο «Ιωάννης Άγγελος» είναι οι ημερολογιακές σημειώσεις ενός μυστηριώδους ξένου κατά τη διάρκεια της πολιορκίας και της άλωσης της Κωνσταντινούπολης από τους Τούρκους Μέσα από τις σελίδες του μια φλογερή ιστορία αγάπης γεννιέται και ανθίζει ενώ συντελείται η καταστροφή του κόσμου μια καταστροφή την οποία τα γεγονότα της δικής μας εποχής κάνουν άκρως επίκαιρη Ο Ιωάννης Άγγελος θεωρείται το καλύτερο μυθιστόρημα ενός μεγάλου πεζογράφου και ένα από τα λαμπρότερα έργα της παγκόσμιας λογοτεχνίας στο είδος του Από την παρουσίαση στο οπισθόφυλλο του βιβλίου. I had to read it 3 times in a row it was that delightful The romance is perfectly built getting deep into the psychology of both genders and showing how tormenting and why a relationship can be Besides the best thing about it is that the love story is the territory in which the beliefs the spirituality and the fate of the two characters are shown It is simply connected to everything in the book If you see it as separate you miss on a lot It could be weird for reader who are not familiar with Orthodoxy but as an inhabitant of an Eastern Orthodox country I was very content to discover so much depth of faith in this book and so much of its philosophy If you want to understand this form of spirituality this is a good revealing read The main concerns of the book are human connections duty towards the divinity the destiny and afterlife To break the bubble of many readers the Siege is mostly a pretext to expose a very rich philosophy What was lost and is gone foreverThe novel purports to be the diary of one John Angelos a mysterious half Greek half Latin participant in the final defence of Constantinople in 1453The fall of Constantinople to the armies of Mehmet the Conueror in May 1453 was a cataclysmic event Yet it has always surprised me how few in the west responded to the Byzantine call for help Mehmet's preparations were evident for a long time and the city was able to hold out for nearly two months It is an amazing thought that the city might have been successfully defended and saved and the conseuent loss of so much knowledge avoided Mika Watari is very conscious of this in Dark Angel there are scenes where the emperor's German engineer Johannes Grant seeks permission to search the decrepit hidebound library for manuscripts of Archimedes or Pythagoras' works; or there is a lovely scene where in the mass held on the last night of the siege in Saint Sophia Grant has unearthed two ancient men and their pale apprentice the last people to know and guard the formula for Greek Fire permitted in this moment of crisis to leave the arsenal and attend mass Scenes like this are contrasted with the Greek propensity for religious mysticism as typified by the emperor Constantine and the narrator John AngelosJean Ange The mystical scenes are very well done revealing the apocalyptic tone of the end days of ByzantiumThroughout this novel I always felt that this was how it might have been Despite its age it was published first in the early 1950s it has a real feeling of authenticity of tone and setting without glaring or even deliberate anachronism whether in fact or in the context of the times The narrative especially detailing the preparations for and the prosecution of the siege as well as its aftermath is very powerful The characterisation is very impressive the ambiguous and emotional Angelos is his account to be trusted?; the bluff and venal Giustiniani Genoese adventurer and Byzantium's last best hope; capricious and beautiful Anna Notaras Angelos' lover and symbolic of Constantinople itself; Mehmet the Conueror clever cruel and amoral; Manuel Angelos' Greek servant an Everyman and a survivor whose relativistic morality is a nice foil for Angelos' incorruptibility; Loukas Notaras arrogant Byzantine noble and possible traitor; the fanatical monk Gennadios; the suave diplomat Phrantzes whose own life would make an excellent novel There are wonderful vignettes the scenes with Johannes Grant mentioned above; the battle in the mines; the Guacchardi playing ball with the heads of dead Turks among the yellow flowers of spring; anticipation of the impact of cannon on the city walls; tense moments as Byzantine ships attempt to gain harbourI found myself wondering as I read the novel if it had ever been considered as material for a Hollywood epic there are certainly many suitable themes I concluded that it may have been considered unsuitable as it is throughout a sombre melancholy account overshadowed with an ever present sense of impending doom But what writing And what a story I don't think its as good as some of his earlier books but to my opinion it gives an excellent picture of the absolutely weird network of the different intersecting interests during Constantinople's last christian days intersecting among the emperor his prime minister the muslims the Genovese and the rest western soldiers etc etcThis is the reason I consider it a very useful book for anyone interested to understand what really happend in Constantinople back in 1453 You know I really had to struggle through the first hundreds of pages as they felt so tedious However now that I have finished the book I really feel that this was one of the best reading experiences I've had this year Finally Waltari managed to grow mature out of his war provoked childishness in writing Sinuhe the Egyptian and especially Mikael El Hakim This time he even bothered to use a bit different main characters as seen in the aforementioned books This is a historical novel at its best his writing is philosophical and introduces a very uniue main character if were to compare the character to all the personalities that you usually find in novels by other authors Thank you Mika I shall bow my head towards Tampere Finland in order to give my thanks for this amazing thought provoking novel An interesting historical novel that was unfortunately burdened with a toilsome romance Well researched though obviously tainted by a heavy reliance on Barbaro's chronicle Waltari maintains his context and continuity well and with one really exceptional case does not step beyond the bounds of historical plausibility His knowledge of various figures is impressive though I remain doubtful of many of his characterizations the motivations he provides for people in his world make sense given his parameters In general it was an interesting work that hobbled by lengthily and ultimately pointless triads and tangents and leaves readers with a feeling of anti climax that is only worsened by the in my opinion unfulfilling and contrary ending The story started with a romance that I didn't like but it evolved into a powerful relationship between two people facing their fate and imminent destruction An empire totally betrayed by its allies trying to stand up and end in a heroic way is the core of this wonderful novel written by Mika Waltari I think that Sinuhe was powerful regarding words and scenes but the end of this novel reached the top in emotions I am Greek so it spoke to my heart and I felt the agony of the last Greeks fighting before Konstantinoupoli's fall Written as a journal in the first person of a French mercenary soldier Jean Ange John Angelos this was a vivid retelling of the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 preparation for the Siege the Siege itself and the aftermath To my mind the love interest took up too much of the story This was all in all a fascinating glimpse into an often neglected piece of history Sublime I was reading this book at the same time as another shorter simpler book and this went down much faster Indeed the love story is the context in which everything is revealed; why else would the book open with their unforgettable first encounter? Beautiful story that contains history romance shades of philosophy and poetry Mika Waltari is one of the masters of historical fiction Great read about medieval times

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  • Paperback
  • 508 pages
  • Johannes Angelos
  • Mika Waltari
  • Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • 19 March 2016
  • 9789602191347