Short stories step into the spotlight

Five Nobel Prize-winners are among the 21 distinguished authors who have contributed to the short-story collection «Telling Tales,» compiled by 1991 Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer to support the struggle against HIV/AIDS. «Telling Tales» is out tomorrow in a Greek translation from Kastaniotis. The stories – in the individual style of each author – are not about HIV/AIDS, but the proceeds from the sale of the books will help people living with the disease. Kastaniotis is one of 11 publishers worldwide who have agreed with their authors to dedicate the proceeds of the book to organizations helping people living with HIV/AIDS in whichever country the anthology is published and sold. The star lineup is as follows: «Bulldog» by Arthur Miller; «The Centaur» by Jose Saramago; «Down The Quiet Street» by Es’kia Mphahlele; «The Firebird’s Nest» by Salman Rushdie; «Cell Phone» by Ingo Schulze; «Death Constant Beyond Love» by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; «The Age of Lead» by Margaret Atwood; «Witness of An Era»» by Gunter Grass; «The Journey to The Dead» by John Updike; «Sugar Baby» by Chinua Achebe; «The Way of the Wind» by Amos Oz; «Warm Dogs» by Paul Theroux; «The Ass and the Ox» by Michel Tournier; «Death of a Son» by Njabulo Ndebele; «The Letter Scene» by Susan Sontag; «To Have Been» by Claudio Magris; «A Meeting at Last» by Hanif Kureishi; «Associations in Blue» by Christa Wolf; «The Rejection» by Woody Allen; «The Ultimate Safari» by Nadine Gordimer, and «Abandoned Children of This Planet» by Kenzaburo Oe. Competition deadline February 28 is the deadline for the British Council’s «Tales from the City, Stories from the Sea» competition, which is open to Greek citizens and permanent residents of Greece aged 18-30 who know English well. The story, of up to 2,000 words, may be in Greek or English and must be previously unpublished. The three winners will be given free places in a creative writing course, at the organizer’s expense. The best stories will be published by Periplous. Application forms and the terms of entry are available at the British Council (Kolonaki Square, Athens or 9 Ethnikis Aminis, Thessaloniki). Winners will be announced on April 1, 2005. Information, Athens: 210.369.2333, Thessaloniki: Chryssoula Melidou 2310.378.300.

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