CULTURE

Greek and Israeli writers

Heroes – constructed and deconstructed – are the theme of the third meeting of Greek and Israeli writers, to be held February 20-23 at a series of venues in northern Greece. Writers, translators and publishers from Greece and Israel will examine the subject from a variety of angles. In the opening session, Savyoni Liebrecht and Evgenia Fakinou will discuss «From the Emblematic Hero to the ‘Problematic’ Character: The Violation of Literary Norms,» with Lena Divani as moderator. On Tuesday, the first topic is «Societies Change: Do Literary Stereotypes Follow? Continuity and Discontinuity in Literary Characters.» On the panel are Amir Or, Rami Saari, Yehiel Kimhi, Amir Tsukerman, Costas Akrivos, Haris Vlavianos, Maggie Cohen and Vassilis Rouvalis, with Anna Pataki as moderator. In the evening, Alexis Stamatis, Thanassis Heimonas, Shimon Adaf, Alon Hilu and Moshe Ron, moderated by Dov Eichenwald, will tackle «The Transgressor as Literary Character: From Punishable to Laudable?» Alterity is the first subject on Wednesday, with «The ‘Other’ Has a Face: Arabs in Israeli Literature, Turks in Greek Literature,» moderated by Katerina Schina. The speakers will be Lena Divani, Giorgos Bramos, Stefanos Dandolos, Dorit Rabinyan, Sayed Kashua and Yakov Schiby. The final session will explore the shifting ideological divide with Amos Oz, Avirama Golan, Takis Theodoropoulous and Petros Tatsopoulos discussing «There Used to be ‘Rightist/Reactionary’ and Leftist/Progressive’ Literary Heroes. Is This Dichotomy Sstill Relevant»? moderated by Alexandra Ioannidou and Antaios Chrysostomides. The meeting has been organized by the National Book Center of Greece in collaboration with the Institute for the Translation of Israeli Literature under the auspices of the Israeli Embassy in Athens and with the support of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Culture and Sciences Directorate, the University of Macedonia, the Volos Municipal Records Center and Olympic Airlines.