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Talks

European Poets and Writers in the First World War

The National Library of Greece organizes a series of events and lectures in its new location at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

Tuesday June 19, 18.30 – 20.30 , Book Castle, NLG

European Poets and Writers in the First World War

Artemis Kondylopoulou

The number of writers who served in the Great War is enormous: some of them fought on the front lines, very many among them were killed. A few years after the war, the French Association of soldier-writers published a five-volume Anthology of Writers Killed in the War, listing 525 names. Again, considerable is the number of those whom the very war experience turned into writers, making them compose diaries, memoirs, or letters to their loved ones. Τhis enormous wave in writing will actually come to an end with the outbreak of the Second World War, as its horrors generated an immensely more voluminous literature which is still being written today.

SPEAKERS
Dionysis Kapsalis, Member of the Supervisory Council of the National Library of Greece
The Pity of War

Maria Nikolopoulou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
The Greek Soldier-Writers of the First World War and Testimony as a Discourse of Contestation

Kostas Karavidas, The National Library of Greece
Life in the Tomb by Stratis Myrivilis: An Ethical Reading

CHAIR
Maria Georgopoulou, Member of the Supervisory Council of the National Library of Greece