Saturday, April 23, 2005

QUIZ #5: The farmer and his novel.

OK. Time for another quiz "borrowed" from today's edition of Greek daily Ta Nea.

A strange thing occurred in the Greek literary world at around 1990. Three publishing houses—Hermes, Nefeli and the Ourani Foundation—published the same two novels at roughly the same time. Both novels had been written by a Constantinopolitan around 150 years earlier, but both novels and author had been forgotten.

This author may well have been forgotten for his literary activites, but he had not been forgotten for his other major pursuit: agriculture. He'd gained an important presence in the agricultural history books and his work is still recognised in the introduction of new means and methods of cultivation.

So.

Who was he?

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