...in Greek : )
"Marko Polo- An original study about his travels" written by Kosmas Politis
The book is an easier read than what it sounds and I find it very interesting.
But what's equally interesting is also the whole story of how it finally got published decades after it was written....
The author has given the manuscript to be published in a series of articles on a well-known Ταχυδρόμος magazine a few weeks before the 21rst April 1967 military junta. Exactly on 21 April 1967, Kosmas Politis' wife Clara died. Also, as he was a well-known communist, junta arrested and interrogated him for some time. Of course his works were banned. The magazine decided to publish his work without any reference to the author name.
The manuscript was kept from journalist/author/editor Yiannis Korides in his office along with manuscripts of other important poets and authors collaborating with the magazine.
One day, Korides arrived in his office in time to see a cleaning lady throwing away tons of manuscripts found in his office, as she thought it's just junk. He was able to go through 3 huge bags of papers and retrieve their manuscripts along with other important works from other authors.
Politis was confiscated in his own home by juda at the time but young Korides decided to try visiting him in order to give him his manuscripts back. The guards didn't want to allow access to the house, but one of them had read some of Politis' books and allowed Korides to meet the author for 5 minutes.
There Kosmas Politis trusted Kosmides the manuscripts in a very moving scene, saying they were safer with him and he believed that maybe sometime in the future they will be published under his name. That was the last time the two men met.
Kosmas Politis died in poor health on 23 February 1974, exactly 5 months before Junta collapsed.
After many adventures, this book was finally published on 2001.
I am (not) impressed that I can't find any decent reference in English about Kosmas Politis. Maybe this will do:http://www.chronosmag.eu/---/s-tsouprou-kosmas-politis-known-and-unknown-information-on-his-work.html