Cavafy exhibition at his former home in Alexandria

The Hellenic Foundation for Culture’s branch in Alexandria is currently hosting the exhibition «Traveling with C.P. Cavafy.» It opened on January 29 with a speech by the sculptor Aspasia Papadoperaki, who is exhibiting 16 sketches and engravings of the poet Constantine P. Cavafy. The Alexandrian is the most widely translated Greek poet. The exhibition, which runs until February 28, is being held in the house in which Cavafy lived for many years before he died at the nearby Greek hospital in 1933, aged 70. The house is now a museum. Paintings by Andreas Carayan as well as drawings by various other artists from the museum’s collection will be on show. The museum and the National Book Center (EKEBI) have put together a collection of the poet’s work in 25 languages in order to illustrate his immense impact. The exhibition was inaugurated by Greek Ambassador Ioannis-Alexis Zeppos. On January 30, Professor Mohamed Hamdi spoke on the subject of Cavafy’s influence on Egyptian poets. Translations of his work were read in English, Romanian and Arabic. Constantina Agapitou-Crowley was kind enough to send us a report on the event in Cavafy’s house, which still maintains the aura of the great poet and a sense of the loneliness and silence of his nights in Alexandria.

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