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Washington, March 24: Novelist Vassilis Alexakis book presentation

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From: "HR-Net News Distribution Manager" <dist@hri.org>

Originally From: Connie Mourtoupalas <mourtoupala@greekembassy.org>

The Embassy of Greece Press & Communications Office

Invites you to a book presentation of

"FOREIGN WORDS" by Novelist Vassilis Alexakis

Introduction by H.E. the 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.

"Foreign Words," which won the Greek State Literature Award for best novel in 2004, 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.

"Foreign Words" has been 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.

for reservations, call: 202-332-2727


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