Date & Time
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
“I feel a sense of complicity with this book.”—Albert Camus
A discussion with Karen Van Dyck, translator of Margarita Liberaki’s "Three Summers" and editor of "Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry". She will be joined in conversation by Anastasia Giannakidou and Jennifer Scappetone. A Q&A and signing will following the discussion.
At 57th Street Books
About "Three Summers": "Three Summers" is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens in the years before the Second World War. Living in a big old house surrounded by a beautiful garden are Maria, the oldest sister, as sexually bold as she is eager to settle down and have a family of her own; the beautiful but ever-distant Infanta; and Katerina, dreamy but also keenly inquiring, through whose eyes this story of three summers over which the girls’ lives take the shape of adulthood is mostly observed. The girls share and keep secrets, fall in and out of love, try to figure out their parents, take note of the doings of friends and neighbors, wonder at others and themselves. And Katerina, we sense, though she may have lost her childhood to time, will find herself in the future as a writer.
When "Three Summers" came out in French, Albert Camus was moved to write a letter to Margarita Liberaki: “The sun has disappeared from books these days. That’s why they hinder our attempts to live, instead of helping us. But the secret is still kept in your country, passed on from one initiate to another. You are one of those who pass it on. I feel a sense of complicity with this book.” Karen Van Dyck’s luminous translation brings a beloved classic of modern Greek literature to life in English.
About "Austerity Measures": The 2008 debt crisis shook Greece to the core and went on to shake the world. More recently, Greece has become one of the main channels into Europe for refugees from poverty and war. Greece stands at the center of today’s most intractable conflicts, and this situation has led to a truly extraordinary efflorescence of innovative and powerfully moving Greek poetry. Karen Van Dyck’s wide-ranging bilingual anthology—which covers the whole contemporary Greek poetry scene, from literary poets to poets of the spoken word to poets online, and more—offers an unequaled sampling of some of the richest and most exciting poetry of our time.
About Karen Van Dyck: Karen Van Dyck is the Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Modern Greek Language and Literature in the Classics Department at Columbia University. She is the founder and former director of Hellenic Studies and has also been an active member of the Institute for Research on Women, Sexuality and Gender, the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society, the European Institute and the Istanbul Global Center. Her books include "Kassandra and the Censors", "The Rehearsal of Misunderstanding", "The Scattered Papers of Penelope", "Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry", winner of the London Hellenic Prize (2016).