BOOKS


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CULTURE

Among the recently published books about Beethoven, what really stands out is “Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces,” by Laura Tunbridge, professor of music at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. 

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CULTURE

A man of action rather than words, of simple ways and profound intellectual powers, John Travlos (1908-1985) was an archaeologist’s architect, with the ability to envision the whole from a fragment. 


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OPINION

Apart from providing key insights into a special (in many respects) presidency, Barack Obama’s memoir contains some very interesting references to the Greek debt crisis and the way in which the major European powers chose to deal with the situation.

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WHAT'S ON

The Society for the Protection of Prespes has just published a comprehensive guide on the “Flora and Vegetation of the Prespa National Park,” with the support of the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation.


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SOCIETY

US journalist David Wallace-Wells, whose work has appeared in New York magazine and the Guardian, is best known for his work on climate change, and his first book, New York Times bestseller “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming,” which is inspired by a 2017 article in New York magazine and was published last year, is a loud wake-up call.

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WHAT'S ON

As part of its ongoing tribute to architecture, the Bauhaus school and the city of Athens, the Goethe Institute has invited Alcestis P. Rodi, Panos Dragonas, Michalis Langenfass, Thomas Maloutas, Panayotis Tournikiotis and Richard Woditsch to present and discuss “The Public Private House: Modern Athens and its Polykatoikia.”



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OPINION

In late June 1997 – just 17 months after the Imia crisis and while Greek-Turkish relations remained extremely taught – I met in Washington with Peter Petrihos from the State Department’s Southeast Europe bureau at the time.

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ECONOMY

The Center for European Constitutional Law (CECL) is organizing an online event on the world after Covid-19 on the occasion of the publication of a book by public and social law professor Xenophon Contiades titled “Pandemic, Biopolitics and Rights.” 

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CULTURE

When I spoke with Fukuyama on Skype recently, I asked him why liberal democracy creates so much boredom. He sighed and smiled, but instantly pointed out a contradiction that is central to the human spirit.


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CULTURE

It was a Sunday night a few weeks back and Marianna Theodoropoulou kept looking at her watch. She was determined to be on her balcony at 9 p.m. sharp to applaud the country’s hospital doctors and nurses battling the coronavirus crisis.