CULTURE

Greek literature honored; new EKEMEL event

Quaderni III – Grecia, a special volume in honor of Greek literature and the two winners of the Giuseppe Acerbi Prize, is being launched today. The Acerbi Prize was founded in 1992 by the municipal authorities of Castel Goffredo, Mantua, in Italy, in honor of the writer and traveler Giuseppe Acerbi (1773-1856). Their intention was to introduce people to the literature of other countries. In 2002, Greece was the country of honor, and the prizes went to Alki Zei for her novel «Achilles’ Fiance» and Pavlos Matessis for his novel «The Dog’s Mother.» Pavlos Matessis, dramatist, novelist and translator, had a great success with «The Dog’s Mother» (Kastaniotis) published in 1990, and since translated into Italian, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew and soon to come out in Turkish. Alki Zei’s novel «Achilles’ Fiance» (Kedros) which is partly autobiographical, has gone into 20 editions in Greek. It has been translated into Italian, English, French, Danish, German and Turkish. For the past three years, the organizers have also issued a special literary album dedicated to the country of honor. The prize committee and the National Book Center (EKEBI) are launching the latest album, «Quaderni III – Grecia,» at 12.30 p.m. at the Stoa tou Vivliou book arcade, 5 Pesmazoglou Street. The prize is sponsored by the Italian Foreign and Public Education ministries and the Culture and Environment Ministry of Mantua. Translating ancient philosophy The European Translation Center (EKEMEL) is making an ambitious start to the new year with a challenging topic: «Ancient Philosophy in Translation.» Panayiotis Poulos, director of humanities at EKEMEL will moderate, while Pavlos Kalligas, co-director of the philosophy journal Defkalion, and Vassilis Kalfas, professor of philosophy at the University of Crete, will speak on January 13 at the Stoa tou Vivliou. For information call EKEMEL at 210.363.9520.