CULTURE

Literary meeting at the Athens Concert Hall

Three internationally acclaimed writers will meet at the Athens Concert Hall (Vas. Sofias & Kokkali, tel 210.728.2333) tonight to discuss «The Contemporary Face of European Literature.» Italian Nicolo Ammaniti, Germany’s Daniel Kehlmann and Peruvian Santiago Roncagliolo will be the speakers at the event that will be co-ordinated by journalist Antaios Chrysostomidis. The Greek public is familiar with the work of all three through the Kastaniotis publishing house. Ammaniti, born in Rome in 1966, is considered one of the most important Italian writers of his generation. His 2001 novel «Io non ho paura» (I’m Not Scared) is one of the greatest commercial successes of contemporary Italian literature, having sold 800,000 copies in Italy alone. Kehlmann was just 22 years old when his first novel was published in Germany in 1997. In his homeland, he is mostly known for his 2003 novel «Ich und Kaminski» (Me and Kaminski) and literature critics talk about his brightness and talent in observation. Roncagliolo, who is the same age as Kehlmann, was born in Lima but has been living in Spain since 2000. He is considered to be the new big star of Latin American literature. A scriptwriter, dramaturg, author of children’s books, translator, shadow writer and journalist, Roncagliolo became well known from early on because of his 2005 novel «Pudor» (Prudishness).