Public Invited toBookPresentation at GreekEmbassy in Washington by Novelist Vassilis Alexakis

The Embassy of Greece - Press & Communications Office
Invites you to a book presentation of

Les mots etrangers

Novelist Vassilis Alexakis

Remarks by H.E. Ambassador of Greece, Mr. Alexandros Mallias

Friday, March 24, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

Embassy of Greece
2221 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Born and raised in Greece, Vassilis Alexakis writes much of his work in French, having moved to Paris in his twenties. His more than eight novels and several works of short fiction employ elements of his life to explore the relationship between identity and language, memory and the self, and exile, loss, love, and death.

Les mots etrangers [Foreign Words]
appeared in 2002 and was voted one of the twenty best books in any genre of that year by the editors of the literary magazine Lire. It was short-listed for two major French literary awards, the Renaudaut Prize and the Interalli? Prize, and won the Greek State Literature Award for best novel in 2004. It follows the narrator on a journey from Paris to Greece, where he grew up and his father just died, then to the Central African Republic, where he undertakes the learning of the language Sango. Click here to read book announcement and description from publisher.

Translated by Alyson Waters, currently the managing editor of Yale French Studies and a lecturer in the French Department at Yale University. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College, and Queens College.

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