Greek-American Pulitzer laureate Jeffrey Eugenides will be in Athens on September 27 in the context of the “Athens 2018-World Book Capital” where he will participate in a discussion with Greek writer Kallia Papadaki and journalist and book critic Mikela Khartoulari at the National Opera’s Alternative Stage at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center (SNFCC).
Starting off with his Greek-Irish background and the essential as well as symbolic influence on him and his work, Eugenides will discuss the issues of the mixed and fluid identity in contemporary Western societies and comment on whether biological or social factors shape personality. He will also talk about the new challenges the U.S.A. is facing, as well as the similarities and differences of the current crisis to the one that plagued his native city, Detroit; a model of development, which nevertheless descended into a social and financial crisis.
On September 25, and in the context of events organized in honor of the US at the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair, Jeffrey Eugenides will take part in a discussion with professor Tatiani Rapatzikou of the Department of English Language and Literature, at the Aristotle University and Ioannis Kotsifos, writer, poet journalist and director of the Union of Editors of Macedonia and Thrace.
The conversation will be in English with simultaneous translation followed by a book signing session. Entrance is free via an online subscription available on the SNFCC website and which will begin on September 17 at 12pm. Priority tickets will be distributed from 18.30 on the day of the event.
The debate will take place at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at 7pm, with the support of the US Consulate. The entrance is free.
Few words about Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and studied at the Brown and Stanford universities. He published his first novel, The Virgin Suicides, in 1993 which in 1999, Sofia Coppola adapted for the cinema. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Prize, the Dublin IMPAC International Literary Prize and the French Prix Médicis. His fourth novel Marriage Plot (2011) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Prize and received the Prix Fitzgerald as well as the Literary Prize Madame Figaro. Since 2014, Eugenides is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Eugenides’ latest book, Fresh Complaint, features ten stories that focus on the crisis during puberty, the introspection that leads to self-knowledge, the love for the family and what it means to be American today.