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Yannis Kiourtsakis


Yannis Kiourtsakis (Athens, 1941). Essayist, novelist and translator. He won the award for best novel for his 1995 work Le Dicôlon. In 2017, he won the Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises (the award for the dissemination of French language and literature), awarded by the Académie française, and was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic.

His oeuvre is based on a number of recurrent and interdependent themes: oral tradition as the foundation for the collective creation of peoples and its current stagnation; present-day Greece divided between its millenary past and Western modernity; the otherness that lies at the heart of any identity, whether individual or collective; the possibility of a future homeland for the exiled person today.

These themes span all of his books published in Greece, including essays on Seferis, on popular culture and theater, on the present crisis of our civilization, and novels, two of which are translated into French and published by Verdier: Le Dicôlon (2011) and Double exil (2014). His latest publication in French is La Grèce toujours et aujourd’hui (Éditions La Bibliothèque, Paris, 2016).