At 158 stanzas, Hymn to Liberty was written in 1823 by Zakynthos-born poet Dionysios Solomos. Inspired by the Greek War of Independence, Solomos wrote the hymn to honor the struggle of Greeks for independence after centuries of Ottoman rule.

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Renowned among Greek-speakers all around the world and read today as widely as when first published, The Great Chimera, together with Colonel Liapkin  and Junkermann, compose M. Karagatsis’ trilogy of novels, which explore how foreigners f…

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Christos Asteriou was born in 1971 in Athens. He studied German and Greek philology in Athens and Würzburg. He was head of the German department of the European Center for the Translation of Literature. Since 2008 he works in education. He has b…

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A. E. Stallings is a U.S.-born poet, translator, and critic who has lived in Greece since 1999. She has published four collections, most recently Like (with Farrar Straus, and Giroux), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and verse trans…

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A major figure of contemporary children’s literature, Alki Zei was born in Athens and passed her early childhood in Samos, where her mother was from. She studied philosophy at the University of Athens, drama at the Athens Conservatory and scena…

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Winner of Greece's National Book Award for Best Novel in 1990 and short-listed for the Aristeion European Literature Prize in 1991, Data from the Decade of the Sixties is a masterpiece by prominent Greek author Thanassis Valtinos.

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Kiki Dimoula was born in Athens in 1931, and is one of the most acclaimed Greek poets. Her first poetry collection was published in 1952 under the title Poems and has since been widely published in Greece and translated into English, French, Spa…

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Nikos Davvetas was born in Athens in 1960. He studied journalism. He works as a literature critic. Since 2017 he teaches Creative Writing at Open University. He has published six collections of poetry, one collection of short stories and five novels.…

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Modern Greeks dominate the world's merchant marine; ancient Greeks like Homer's Odysseus sailed the Mediterranean and beyond. But what do we know about shipboard life? Not much. Reading Nikos Kavadias fills this emptiness. Scrupulously translated by…

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Vassilis Papadopoulos is a career diplomat at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as a scholar specialized in international and cultural relations. He has graduated from the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of At…

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