CULTURE

Two women authors present their work

Two women authors are expected in Greece next week in order to present their work: prominent Canadian author Nancy Huston and Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad, author of two books on her experiences in Kosovo and Afghanistan. The author of several novels set against a philosophical backdrop, Nancy Huston returns to Greece to present «The Goldberg Variations,» published in Greek by Agra Editions with a translation by Irini Tsokalelli. The book presentation will take place at the French Institute in Athens (31 Sina) on Monday, October 20, at 7 p.m. Author Vassilis Pesmazoglou will be participating in the event. Huston will talk about her oeuvre, part of which has already been translated into Greek, including «Instruments of Darkness,» published by Kastaniotis Editions, and «The Mark of the Angel,» published by Agra Editions. Agra is also scheduled to publish the author’s «Dolce Agonia.» Born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1953, Huston moved to Boston when she was 15. While studying at Sarah Lawrence University in New York, she was offered a year abroad, in Paris. She arrived there in 1973 and made it her home, while French (which she had not studied before) became the vehicle through which she found her literary voice. Huston is married to intellectual Tzvetan Todorov. Reporting from Chechnya and Iraq, among other war-stricken regions, 32-year-old Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad has already left her mark as a war correspondent. After graduating in Russian and History of Philosophy in Oslo, Seierstad went on to journalism. In spring 2002, she spent a long period behind a burka living with an Afghan bookseller’s family. Her experiences are recorded in «The Bookseller of Kabul,» published in Greek by Kritiki Editions, with a translation by Anna Papafigou. Seierstad will present the book at the Ianos bookstore (7 Aristotelous) in Thessaloniki on October 21, while the next day, she will be at the Athens Journalists’ Union (ESIEA), 20 Academias, at 8 p.m.