Greece: A Modern Odyssey

Paperwall Media & Publishing and Epi Lexi Βookshop

invite you to a launch of the volume

GREECE: A Modern Odyssey. Selected Essays

edited by Hatto Fischer & Anna Arvanitaki

Wednesday, April 10 2019, 19.00
Epi Lexi Bookshop (32 Academias Street, Athens)

Discussants: Hemant Divate, poet, translator and publisher
Anna Arvanitaki, urban planner, former president “Poiein kai Prattein”
Socrates Kabouropoulos, poet, translator
Penelope Dountoulaki, poet
Nicholas Anastasopoulos, architect, assistant professor NTUA

Poems will be read by: Stamatis Polenakis, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke
Discussion coordinated by Yiorgos Chouliaras, President, Hellenic Authors’ Society


Greece, a modern Odyssey is being published by Mumbai-based Paperwall Media & Publishing, in memory of the late Hatto Fischer, the German poet and philosopher who lived in Greece and brought the volume together with his wife Anna Arvanitaki. This outstanding collection of personal essays, sharp analysis, unusual photographs, and poetic reflections focuses on Greece and its people as they found themselves in the eye of a storm that continues to shake Europe and the world. Presenting a roster of distinguished contributors, the editors offer a variety of perspectives, points of information, and allusions, which substantially add to ongoing debates on how individuals and groups may proceed in challenging circumstances. Contributors (in alphabetical order): Nicholas Anastasopoulos, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, Yiorgos Chouliaras, Thanos Contargyris, Penelope Doundoulaki, George Fragopoulos, Dan Georgakas, Sonia Guggisberg Wolf-Dieter Heilmeyer, Andreas Mueller-Hermann, Socrates Kabouropoulos, Alexandra Kandanou, Ira Kaliampetsos, Pyrrhus Mercouris, Nancy Papathanasopoulou, Stamatis Polenakis, Tanjana Tsouvelis

Greece, a modern Odyssey CONTENTS

Introduction Refugees on the Island of Lesbos – Photo Εssay by Andreas Mueller-Hermann Katerina Anghelaki Rooke, ‘‘In the Heaven of Nothing with Less than Nothing”

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1. Connecting Cultures: From Gandhi to Turtles Socrates Kabouropoulos, ‘‘Faraway, Yet So Close: A Brief Story of the Perception of Indian Culture in Greece” The People and the Land Nancy Papathanasopoulou, ‘‘Connecting Cultures, Oceans and Seas: The Case of the Sea Turtle” Natural Wealth as a Foundation for Sustainability

2. The Economic and Social Situation Thanos Contargyris, ‘‘Perspectives of a New Future for Greece” The Navarinou Park in the Making – Photos by Hatto Fischer & Nicholas Anastasopoulos How Assemblies Matter Nicholas Anastasopoulos, ‘‘Reflections from the Greek Front”

3. Poetic-Philosophical Images of Greece Modernity – Present Life in Athens – Photos by Hatto Fischer George Fragopoulos, ‘‘(Against) the Universal Lyric: Communism, Crisis, and Poeticity in Contemporary Greece” Theo Angelopoulos – the Film Maker Hatto Fischer, “The Voyage of the Self is Like Getting Lost in Greece” Greek Terminology – Appendix by Hatto Fischer

4. Cultural Heritage Pyrrhus Mercouris, “Greece and Her Evolving Culture with Special Reference to the Audio-visual Sector and Cultural Heritage” Ira Kaliampetsos, “The Restitution of Antiquities: the Four Relevant Legal Questions” Wolf-Dieter Heilmeyer, “The Importance of International Collaboration for the Protection of National Cultural Properties” Olympia Resolution 2015 on International Museum Collaboration and Protection of Cultural Heritage

5. Collective and Individual Memories Stamatis Polenakis, “Wandering Through the City of Athens” Documenta 14: Learning from Athens Penelope I. Doundoulaki, “The Olive Groves of Οur Dreams”

6. The Voices of the Greek Diaspora Dan Georgakas, ‘‘Living Laboratories: From Detroit to Athens and Back” Tanjana Tsouvelis, “Birds’’ Athens, UNESCO World Book Capital 2018

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7. The Past as an Asset for the Future Alexandra Kandanou, “Eleusis, the Seeds of Life” Eleusis: European Capital of Culture 2021 Yiorgos Chouliaras, “Greece in World Imagination”

Refugee Camps in Greece Sonia Guggisberg, “The Refugee Crisis and its Reflection through Art” “Katsikas series 2016”, “Skaramangas Series 2016”, Photos by Sonia Guggisberg

A Poetic Conclusion “Alexander’s Soldiers Refuse to Go on’’ – Poem by Yiorgos Chouliaras

Paperwall Media & Publishing Pvt Ltd. In 1992, Marathi poet Hemant Divate started a little magazine, Abhidha. A robust and receptive readership paved the way to AbhidhaNantar becoming a publishing imprint in the year 2000. In 2003, Poetrywala was born. Initially dedicated to Marathi poetry, the ambit was extended to poetry in English and in translation. Today, with a list of over 100 titles, this indie press has done much to galvanise the poetry publishing scene in India, across languages, constituencies and markets. When Hemant and his wife Smruti co-founded Paperwall Media & Publishing Pvt Ltd., Poetrywala continued to sit comfortably within the purview of Paperwall’s mission statement: To be a champion of intelligent writing and excellent quality; to be a platform for literary aspirants and established authors alike; to be a force against the current of instant-success and easy-reads.

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