Tsami Karatasou 5
Athina 117 42
On Tuesday, September 4, Mr. Christos Chrissopoulos will give a lecture titled:
The Parthenon bomber, history and identity
The lecture will take place on the premises of the Norwegian Institute at Athens starting at 7 PM.
As Prof. Yiannis Hamilakis has so eloquently written, life in Greece is inextricably intertwined with ruins. Our ruins are -in some respect- “living ruins”1. We live literally among them. We walk streets that bare ancient names, reminding us of great battles. In the summer, we flock at theaters to watch the tragedies being performed… etc. Our experiences are flavored by impressions that create the image of antiquity as a lived memory. Antiquity still affects us, and foremost among the monuments of antiquity marking Greek history throughout its course, stand: the Acropolis and the Parthenon. One could assert that by writing the biography of the Acropolis, one writes a particular cultural biography of Greek society in general. In my talk, I would like to delineate the existence of a pattern that -in my opinion- could function as one of the most affective metaphors about modern Greek identity. This pattern regards the depiction of the Acropolis in modern literature as a symbol of national aspirations, and will follow several writers that in critical periods of modern Greek history were reflecting on this “mirroring” in their writing by destroying the monument.
Christos Chrissopoulos, born in 1968 in Athens, has published fifteen books in many genres (fiction, essays, chronicle, photography). In 2008, Chrissopoulos received the Academy of Athens Award for
his novel »I Londresiki Mera tis Laura Jackson« (2008; tr: Laura Jackson’s London Day), which is about the fragile biography the poet, writer, and essayist Laura Riding Jackson (1901–1991). In 2015, the French Republic awarded him the title of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. He has also received the Balkanika Prize (2015) and the French prizes Prix Laure Bataillon (2013) and Prix Ravachol (2013). Translations of Chrissopoulos’ works have been published, amongst others, in Germany, France, Italy and the USA. He is a member of the Greek writers association and the European Cultural Parliament (ECP).
He has founded the Dasein Fest International Literary Festival in Athens and he lectures frequently on literature, theory and politics. Chrissopoulos is also a photographer exhibiting internationally and he is interested in the narrative connections between literature and photography. He lives in Athens.