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26.04.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

In support of Athens, 2018 World Book Capital, Marianna Vardinoyannis writes a book and Vera Michalski-Hoffmann publishes one


Within the framework of the designation of Athens as 2018 World Book Capital, Vera Michalski-Hoffmann published a book entitled “Fragments, nouvelles et récits de Grèce” while Marianna Vardinoyannis Foundation published a book dedicated to the 18 Greek monuments of the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Fragments, nouvelles et récits de Grèce (Buchet-Chastel, 2019) was published by Buchet-Chastel editions, directed by Vera Michalski-Hoffmann, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, in support of Athens, 2018 World Book Capital. It brings together Greeks and French authors. The book was unveiled at the Hotel Grande Bretagne on 20 April 2019 within the framework of the closing events of Athens 2018 World Book Capital. Short stories, tales, but also scientific texts, demonstrate the attachment of all contemporary Greeks and French authors to Greece. Those authors thus pay tribute to Greece, land of millenary civilization, full of History and myths, within the framework of Athens’ year as World Book Capital of UNESCO. Immemorial Greece and contemporary fiction coexist in this collection accompanied by original photos taken by Jacques Lacarrière in the 1950s. “My idea was to give a space to Greek contemporary literature, namely to fiction which seems not to be sufficiently translated in the world, but as well to give an echo to the French speaking authors who wanted to testify of their profound links to Greece”.

On this same occasion, the Foundation of Marianna Vardinoyannis, also UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, published a book dedicated to the 18 Greek monuments registered on the World Heritage List. This work includes a foreword by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. In an ode to its 18 “extraordinary” monuments, she recalls: “they stand as testimony to historical events that shaped the face of the world – turning points in the history of politics, philosophy, culture and science”.

Each year since 2001, UNESCO nominates a city as World Book Capital. The latter then undertakes to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year, which starts with the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day (23 April). By championing books and copyright, UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge, and promotes literacy, mobile learning and Open Access to scientific knowledge and educational resources.

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