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Antonis Samarakis / Αντώνης Σαμαράκης

Antonis Samarakis / Αντώνης Σαμαράκης

Antonis Samarakis was born in Athens in 1919. For decades he worked as a civil servant at the Ministry of Labour, temporarily resigning during the dictatorship of Ioannis Metaxas (1936-40), and during the Second World War he was captured by Nazis and narrowly escaped a death sentence. He published his first collection of short stories, Hope Wanted, in 1954, and his collection I Refuse won the Greek State Prize for the Short Story. Samarakis has become one of the most celebrated Greek prose writers of the second half of the twentieth century, with his work translated into thirty-three languages. He was awarded the Greek Order of the Phoenix and the French Légion d’Honneur. He died in 2003.

In italiano

Antonis Samarakis nacque ad Atene nel 1919. Fu funzionario del ministero greco del Lavoro. Debuttò come scrittore con la raccolta di racconti Cercasi speranza (1954). Le sue opere (tre romanzi, quattro sillogi di racconti e due testi autobiografici) hanno conosciuto un grande successo e sono state tradotte in oltre trenta lingue. Ha ricevuto numerose onorificenze sia in patria sia all’estero. Il piano perfetto, la sua opera più significativa, ricevette il Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (1970). Nel 1989 fu nominato ambasciatore di buona volontà dell’UNICEF. Morì ad Atene nel 2003.

En français

Antonis Samarakis (1919-2003) a travaillé au ministère grec du Travail, puis à l’Organisation internationale du travail. Il a publié, entre 1954 et 1998, trois romans et des recueils de nouvelles qui, par leur écriture concise et dépouillée, leurs personnages souvent anonymes, leur dénouement inattendu, expriment de manière percutante l’angoisse de l’homme ordinaire devant l’évolution du monde contemporain. Parce qu'elle entretient en particulier la flamme de l'espoir face à la puissance qui se veut "sans faille' des régimes totalitaires et policiers, son oeuvre conserve toute sa valeur et reste un précieux repère pour les lecteurs d'aujourd'hui et de demain.

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