Greek prizes announced

The Greek State Literary Awards for books published in 2005 were announced Monday. The Grand State Award for Literature went to Tilemachos Alaveras for his entire oeuvre. Athina Kakouri’s «Thekla» (published by Hestia) won the prize for best novel. The poetry prize went to Tassos Galatis’s book «Antipodes kai sfendonites» (Antipodes and sling-throwers, pub. Gavriilidis), while the short-story prize went to «Misandra» (pub. Kedros) by Yiannis Kaisaridis. «I logotechnia stin taragmeni dekaetia 1940-50» (Literature in the Troubled Decade of 1940-50) by Angela Kastrinaki (pub. Polis) won the essay award and the chronicle award went to Christos Samouilidis for «Yannoulis Halepas» (pub. Hestia). The judges were Panayiotis Mastrodimitris (chair), emeritus professor of Athens University, academics Michalis Kopidakis, Giorgos Andreiomenos and Alexandra Samouil, writers Costas Bournazakis and Ismini Kapandai and literary critics Costas Sofianos, Nikos Lazaris and Lori Keza.

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