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Takh - The Spirit-bookcover

By: Nikos Savvakis

Takh - The Spirit

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“I have always loved animals. My constant encounters with both domesticated and wild, as a boy in a village, impressed me for life.”

Nikos Savvakis

In this modern-day equivalent of a medieval bestiary, Nikos Savvakis casts an admiring, occasionally quizzical eye over the creatures with whom we share this world.

Among others, frogs, pigeons, hedgehogs and the ‘princely’ octopus are presented in an unexpected light. Man’s best friend provides moments of both comedy and sorrow, while the title poem ‘Takh – The Spirit’ is in praise of that most magnificent of human allies, the horse.

Showcasing their author’s gift for arresting but appropriate imagery, these slyly witty poems are sure to delight animal-lovers everywhere.

Nikos Savvakis was born in Finikounda, a small fishing village in the South-Western Peloponnese, Greece. He attended high school in Kalamata, the nearest big town, and attended university in England, reading Politics. He has published five collections of poetry.

Customer Reviews
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  • Simon Bennett

    It is clear that the author has a fascination and love for animals expressed in these highly polished yet witty poems

  • Iris Rehberg

    Although no expert in poetry, I just love his poems: Nicos Savvakis regularly manages to create vivid, captivating images and "stories" in my head, full of wisdom, warmth and an astute view on life! In "Takh - The Spirit" he depicts a broad range of animals in their natural or every-day environment without having to "humanize" them overly: His sympathetic view on them, his respect for their often hard life, his congenial humour in his observations speak for themselves and make for a great read - not only for animal-lovers!


    To shake hands with a prince, stare in awe at voucephalas, be bullied by an owl, weep for the dog on a chain, sent to slumber by a frog orchestra. The poetry of Nikos is exquisite, sweet dreams.

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