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Μία υπέροχη θεατρική παράσταση - Βίντεο
Μια υπέροχη θεατρική παράσταση από τους μαθητές του «Ροδίων Παιδεία» είχαν την ευκαιρία να παρακολουθήσουν οι δεκάδες συντοπίτες μας που παραβρέθηκαν το Σάββατο το απόγευμα στην αίθουσα Καλλιπάτειρα των εκπαιδευτηρίων, όπου αμέσως μετά την ομιλία του βραβευμένου Γάλλου αστροφυσικού κ. Κριστόφ Γκαλφάρ, πραγματοποίησαν με μεγάλο επαγγελματισμό, αφήνοντας τις καλύτερες των εντυπώσεων.
Η θεατρική παράσταση, ήταν βασισμένη στο μυθιστόρημα του κ. Γκαλφάρ, «Ο Πρίγκιπας των Νεφών», και σε αυτή συμμετείχαν δεκάδες μαθητές των Εκπαιδευτηρίων. Η παράσταση των μαθητών, που διήρκησε περισσότερο από μια ώρα, καθήλωσε το κοινό που την παρακολούθησε με μεγάλο ενθουσιασμό, αφού η πλοκή αλλά και το ταλέντο τους, δεν άφησε κανέναν ασυγκίνητο.
Το σενάριο της παράστασης μεταξύ άλλων περνούσε και ένα οικολογικό μήνυμα αφού αφορούσε στην καταστροφή της γης, ενώ παράλληλα έδινε πληροφορίες σε ό,τι αφορά θέματα αστροφυσικής.
Πριν από την παράσταση μάλιστα, ο κ. Γκαλφάρ πραγματοποίησε παρουσίαση με τίτλο «Από την γένεση των άστρων στα νέφη του ουρανού: ένα κοσμικό ταξίδι για την κατανόηση του κλίματος» όπου οι δεκάδες συντοπίτες μας που κατέκλυσαν την αίθουσα των εκπαιδευτηρίων, είχαν την ευκαιρία να ενημερωθούν για τα διάφορα φυσικά φαινόμενα που σχετίζονται με τον ουρανό, τον ήλιο, τη γήινη ατμόσφαιρα. Αμέσως μετά την ενδιαφέρουσα ομιλία του κ. Γκαλφάρ, στην οποία μάλιστα παρουσίασε και διάφορες σπάνιες φωτογραφίες από τα φυσικά φαινόμενα, οι παρευρισκόμενοι πραγματοποίησαν ερωτήσεις σε ό,τι αφορά τον πλανήτη μας και τα ανεξήγητα (για τους περισσότερους) φυσικά φαινόμενα.
Οι συντελεστές της παράστασης:
Θεατρική απόδοση και σκηνοθεσία: Μυρσίνη Λενούδια, εκπαιδευτικός Θεάτρου των Εκπαιδευτηρίων «ΡΟΔΙΩΝ ΠΑΙΔΕΙΑ».
Σκηνικά: Ανδρομάχη Μπατζούκη
Video Art: Μάγδα Κούρτη, Φωτογράφος
Προβολές - Φωτισμοί: Κώστας Αγιαννίτης, σκηνοθέτης
Πρωταγωνιστούν: Μαθητές του Θεατρικού Ομίλου των Εκπαιδευτήριων «Ροδίων Παιδεία».
Μουσική για την παράσταση έγραψε ο μαθητής της Γ΄Λυκείου, Θάνος Σακελλαρίδης. Επίσης, στην παράσταση θα ακουστεί το τραγούδι: «Ένα παραμύθι μια γιορτή» σε ελληνικό και γαλλικό στίχο. Στίχοι: Μυρσίνη Λενούδια, Μετάφραση στα γαλλικά: Γεωργία Σαλβάνου, καθηγήτρια γαλλικών, μουσική- πιάνο: Θάνος Σακελλαρίδης μαθητής Γ Λυκείου, Βιολί: Κατερίνα Κυριακούλη μαθήτρια Β Λυκείου. Ερμηνεία ελληνικού στίχου: Δήμητρα Κουμνάκη μαθήτρια Β Λυκείου. Ερμηνεία γαλλικού στίχου: Νάσια Στουραΐτη, μαθήτρια Γ Γυμνασίου, μαθητές του σχολείου.
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The Bolero Was Not Ravel’s
Hecate-Ourlika, a memory that retains the secrets and creates masks and puppets of her dead in order to endure.
And Michael-Sebastian, who completes the lost score – that is his purpose in life after all.
Between the two of them are history and kinship, the past and retribution, debt and love, Borges and eternal recurrence.
“Aleph” and “Beth” are both sleepwalkers of the Internet’s Solaris, where “what is born is born again,” for an eternal moment. “Runaways”, doomed to meet again and again on the same chessboard. With masks, even. And with borrowed words, to get through. Always listening to their own Ravel or Wagner, with the promise hanging there like a noose: “Father, I haven’t forgotten. Mother, I’m here in the dry, stony wasteland, and I always hear our Wagner. I’ll be back, and the punishment will be fierce.“
Twenty and one dead.
And two inmates.
The first, in necromancy, ancient theatres, historical monuments. There where the “gate of Hades remains open.”
The second, in a derelict hotel that comes alive with time and in a tower-house with crumbling battlements, but with haunted lives and music.
Because stories do not easily escape from history or from their origin. The labyrinth remains a labyrinth, and the question of Averroes remains unanswered. But the two of them will do anything to enable an answer.
Fragments of poetic prose, a riddle with prophetic parts, or well-designed steps on a chessboard from which everyone wants to escape? The heroes compete with memories and the present, they compete with time. And the bolero, a dominant recurring motif, but also the place where life encounters death in the new novel by Helen Gika, “The Bolero Was Not Ravel’s.”
Smugglers of the Aegean
“A very powerful book with rich language and unique radiance, which reflects the author’s perfect knowledge on the subject. “Smugglers of the Aegean” is the most beautiful book I read after the war.” Nikos Kazantzakis
Fregoli Syndrome: The Price of Being Someone Else
The new book by award-winning Manolis Pratatakis, “Fregoli Syndrome: The Price of Being Someone Else”, is based upon a novel and two narratives that espouse psychiatry and literature.
With the empire of the soul as the backdrop, the author builds up his first raw material with unparalleled craftsmanship – the imaginary paradox world of the mind and its diversions – transforming three mentally ill persons into three charming literary personas. In the everyday and in their tragedy, the figures are converted into a grand allegory for the fragmented and nightmarishly depersonalized contemporary man of modernity. And while the reader encounters weak souls who cannot stand this much reality and create their own non-existent world, he is submerged in the darkness of the other’s soul, to be transported to a psycho-sociological search on “identity” and our culture. In the wake of stories one question remains to be answered: Is it ultimately our civilization that is sick, with its insatiable greed and the loss of resourcefulness and originality?
The novel “Fregoli Syndrome” and both narratives, “Bruce Lee” and “A Paradoxical Blindness”, are free of psychiatric theory, and focus on human history. Manolis Pratikakis narrates with psychoanalytic penetrance and “with the intention to admire, to approach, to care”, as the Associate Professor of Psychiatry and poet Yannis Zervas characteristically notes in the forward of the book. “The narrative is based mainly on the behaviour and the testimonies of his patients. Apart from their literary merit, three incidents have definite educational usefulness, because they show clearly the importance of language in psychiatric description so the other obtains status, since only in this manner will he acquaint us with the real person and give us the opportunity to learn more about him so that we can predict his reactions. In my eyes a clear intention is shown by Pratikakis through this particular book, where his poetic flair is subjugated and serves the description and presentation of people and their treatments. His message, as I understand it, is the following: Without literature, psychiatry becomes dangerously dry.”
11 Words: Collection of 40 Short Stories/ “Literature” Contest
Eleven words – sea; swallow; sand; box; rose; earth; clock; quiet; page; air; milk – formed the main ingredient for forty short stories, brought to you in this edition in the order of their distinction at the Short Story Contest “Literature” 2012, organized for the third consecutive year by non-profit company Artspot. This year the competition was held with the support of Kalendis Editions and the jury comprised of the following authors: Helen Gika, Costas Mourselas, Yannis Xanthoulis, Christos Oikonomou, and Yannis Farsaris.
The expectations of this narrative coexistence, the range of topics, the written word and structure, the varying style, the existence of lyrical or realistic elements, the playful or dramatic notes, all promise an interesting read. Of yet greater interest in this publication is the fact that the writers of the short stories, each with his/her unique perspective, for the most part focus on the economic and value crisis of our time. At times with realistic accuracy and sometimes with subtlety and almost always with lifelike manner, the narratives portray reality and pathology.
A collection of forty short stories, a small anthology of the imprint of our time through the eyes of literature.
With the Tower of pre-war Greece as the starting point and Shipping as the end terminal, Dionysis Kotsonis erases the route to a life full of experiences, which has earned him the fulfilment of an enviable career path.
The carefree summers of his childhood on the estate of the Tower, Athens College, New York, studying and starting his career as a professor and research economist at the Central Bank of America, the transition to Washington as an expert at the economic committee under the Kennedy presidency, ruthless Wall Street, the return to Greece as head of the Investment Bank of Andreadis, and then the establishment of the Euro-investment Bank, now Eurobank, represent the stations of a personal, highly interesting route of eight decades, but also a vivid record of the social, economic and political framework that accompany it.
Dramatic snapshots of Greek history - the Occupation, the December Events, the Civil War, the junta and political changeover of PASOK – but also of American history – McCarthyism, the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam – come at you like they cut across the screen of an intensely autobiographical movie.
With humour and sarcasm as his companions, Dionysis Kotsonis takes readers on a journey to an entire era that made history. The personal “files” of his life showcase “the capacity of memory”, his intentions show honesty and his disposal exudes optimism for the future.
The School of the Ordinary
The witches Ignorance, Oblivion and Sloth have found a way to dominate the kingdom of Prince Bright. They forced people to turn to excessive analysis and adornment, thus losing their purpose in life. Those trained at the secret School of the Ordinary know that to restore order to the kingdom the Lydian Stone in the hearts of the people, a magical stone that will make them distinguish truth from falsehood, must once again be activated. According to the sages, the prince needs to be trained in Positive Action to undertake this dangerous mission…
Positive Action is an approved self-help program designed for the Modern Greek, providing strong, ground knowledge, which alone is able to guide us to our Aristotelian middle path and balance in everything. It simplifies and organises our lives. We gain serenity, sensors to joy, self-esteem and gratitude for the things we have. It is hindsight, the experience from the mistakes of mankind. It is the forgotten language of needs and emotions, the fruitful knowledge that creates the mood for us to move from childhood to the adult stage, i.e. to bypass the dissolution and war and to tune in with the peace, the unison. This option is for our ultimate good, while only if we come of age individually and collectively is it possible to come out of every individual and social crisis.
Voyagers of the Seas
The truths of journeys begin from the ports, they settle into memory and highlight the magnificence of the sea.
In his book, “Voyagers of the Seas”, oceangoing traveller and author Manolis Rodanakis unfolds maps of the depths of time with nostalgia, recording the routes of overseas voyages, before their trails were lost in the fog.
The events described by the author seem unrealistic; nevertheless they are true images and colours of a world from a bygone era. They occurred in the rough routes of the ocean, to soulful people with identity. They leave behind the taste of saltiness, in the calm weather, in the maelstrom of waves, in the creaking of the metal sheet, when the storms resembled centuries. Producer and recipient of multiple emotions, Manolis Rodanakis measured millions of nautical miles in the circumnavigation of points and recorded incidents that occurred during the overseas trips of the past generation, which emphasise seamanship and degrade their encounter with forgetfulness.
The deeply revealing travelogue writing of Manolis Rodanakis carries a wealth of information about the wealth of the sea and maritime society, reconstructing an entire season sometimes with charm and sometimes with realism. The author signs his name to a multitude of experiences – and personal experiences – leading the reader on an unprecedented voyage from the Mediterranean to the ends of the earth.
Foreign Language Literature
This well known historical novel charmingly describes the cruelty prevalent in the everyday life of the working class in England and across Europe in the Middle Ages (12th century).
With philosophical echoes and a depth inspired by the divine, the existential and the mystical, this book describes not only the life of sailors but also all the mysteries of the liquid element, its magic and its own laws.
Myths and Legends of Major Roads
Myths gleaned by Alexandre Dumas during numerous trips were not ever collected into one single project. The author of “The Three Musketeers” crossed Europe, the Mediterranean, Russia, making trips that gave him the opportunity to hear wonderful stories, which were transcribed and recounted in passages of a travelogue, many of which unfortunately, at a later date, did not receive much literary appreciation or attention, and were subsequently ignored and permanently lost. At his every step, behind a rock or on the banks of a lake, Dumas discovers that Germany eminently is his promised land for all of his fantastic beings: fairies, sirens, dragons, elves. In contrast, in Italy, in Provence or in Tunis the human element and the passion of the southernmost region are evident everywhere.
“Myths and Legends of Major Roads” constitute a challenge and at the same time an invitation to the world of wonder and adventure.
Guy de Maupassant
“Bel Ami” is one of Maupassant’s best novels, mainly in terms of the visualization of the sociopolitical life and morality in France in the final decades of the nineteenth century.
The book showcases a wall painting of stunning skill in the depiction of scenes and characters, but with such depth as to create wonder from the reader at the author’s skill in singling out by raising from the surface the attitudes and behaviours within crowded multitudes of people and the sum of their acts. At the head of it all is of course the main character of the novel, Georges Duroy, the “Bel Ami”, as one of his mistresses called him, this ruthless social climber, who uses his talents, and his prime talent in love, in order to acquire money, and power in the Parisian reality of Belle Époque. His is a personality that knows no moral barriers in the pursuit of his goals – a personality – prophetess of social climbing of our era, which goes to monopolise our devotion that is almost worship…
Lewis and Irene
Lewis, a young banker of the 1920s, is more interested in the prices of the stock exchange than in women, until he falls in love with Irene Apostolatis, heiress of a powerful family of Greek bankers of Trieste. What will become of the love of these two unscrupulous people of business who, although in love with each other, are both vying for the gain of the mine of San Lousinto in Sicily, the most lucrative investments, the winning in the Stock Market? Love unites them, while business divides them. Love and money. Who will win, Aphrodite or Hermes? At the pinnacle of his art, Paul Morand seeks to give his answer to the eternal question through the pages of the wonderful yet hard novel “Lewis and Irene”, where love and money cross swords in a merciless duel…
The book “Lewis and Irene” by Paul Morand, the great French author of the twenties generation, is an exemplary illustration of his time but also of the modern perception of the novel. The love of two brokers, Lewis and Irene, is set down in a cutting, almost telegraphic, tone and interspersed with stock prices. The writing – simple, sharp and abrupt – is like a sketch: with a few words, a few certain and clear lines, the author designs a country, a city, he outlines the atmosphere of a scene and rescues the contours from forgetfulness. Haunted by his speed and ingenuity at constantly creating puns, Paul Morand reveals his strong points in this novel: an elegant stylist of writing, he sculpts his story with a wealth of words, expressions and poetic imagery. Exceptional in the snapshot, the sketch, the feature, he brings out prospect and attaches the depth of things. Without delving beyond the surface of the skin, the eye of Morand is distinguished for his ultimate insight. He presents to us to see what he sees like we’re seeing it for the first time, like we never would have seen without him. This alone is sufficient for Paul Morand to be considered a very great writer.
Fine Short Stories
The great Russian author, thrifty, exciting, philosophical, combative. The pain, the anguish, the love, the poverty of many, the wealth of few, and, through all of this, the hope for a better life.
Konstantin Mikhailovich Bazili
A Russian in Kapodistrias’s Greece
A historical documentation of the first breaths of Greece, in the years 1830-31, during its struggle to rediscover the ancient rhythm within the life of other nations, but also a fascinating narrative of the daily life of its people.
It is the dawn of the Modern Greek state that K. M. Bazili paints in his book. In the years 1830-31, with Kapodistrias as the governor, Greece was trying to raise her head out of her absence from the international scene for over four hundred years – and Bazili exactly presents her anxiety to declare her new presence among the nations of the world. Simultaneously however, the impressions of the Greek-origin Russian secretary of Admiral Rikord from that period invoke an autopsy on the state of Hellenism and a breaking away from the then tight confines of the state, especially in the City and in Asia Minor. Thus this book is a historical documentation of the first breaths of Greece during its struggle to rediscover the ancient rhythm within the life of other nations, but also a fascinating narrative of the daily life of its people.
The Romance of a Mummy (Le Roman de la Momie)
“A poetic novel in which the imagination of the reader feels transported to the real, he breathes the real, he becomes intoxicated with a second reality, created through the magic of Gautier’s Muse.” Charles Baudelaire
Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo
Embassy to Tamerlane (Embajada a Tamorlan)
The diary of the course of the Spanish Mission to Samarkand 1403-06.
From Spain to Istanbul and from there to Middle Asia, to Samarkand, the capital of Tamerlane, the diplomatic mission of Henry III, King of Castile and Leon, undergoes a road filled of dangers in the early 15th century (1403 to 1406). His captain, Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo, records often dramatic impressions from local people and events. The diary kept by the Spanish ambassador brings to mind an adventure saga with all of its events, which keep the reader tied to the narrative. In addition the script has many literary virtues, as opposed to other like texts of travellers or explorers, previous or subsequent.
The Unknown Soldier
The first anti-war novel by Vaino Linna refers to the so-called “expansionary war” between Finland and the Soviet Union (1941-44). The book ranks in the top classics of the 20th century, while it is considered the gospel of Finnish literature and has been translated into many languages around the world.
In 1939, concerned by the expansion of Germany, the Soviet Union asked Finland to grant it the islands of the Bothnian Bay and part of the Karelian Isthmus, as well as its bases “for rent” in the city of Hanko, east of the country, to strengthen the defence of Leningrad. After the reaction of the Finns, the Soviet Union broke off talks and attacked Finland in late November 1939. The War of the Winter, as it was called, lasted until the end of March 1940, at which point Finland was forced to surrender. The Soviet Union obtained what it wanted. […] Vaino Linna’s “The Unknown Soldier” was written in 1954 and refers to the so-called “expansionary war” between Finland and the Soviet Union (1941-44). It is considered the gospel of Finnish literature and has been translated into many languages all over the world. The author himself fought in this war as a young twenty year old, and he lived through the events that he describes. His position towards the war is critical. Her opposes any propaganda, any nationalism and patriotic exploitation with humour and realism, synthesizing an anti-war novel that already ranks among the classics of the twentieth century.
The Steam House (La Maison À Vapeur)
I never saw people so surprised as the passers-by who had stopped that morning on May 6th on the large road that connects Kolkata with Santiniketan: men, women, children, Indian and English, all revealed the undeniable signs of surprise. In all fairness, such a deep feeling of surprise was entirely natural.
With the rise of the sun, in one of the last suburbs of the capital of India and between two dense peculiar lines, there loomed a strange whole – if, of course, one can give that name to the incredible “device” that ascended beside the Hugli shore.
The leader of this whole and its sole engine, a giant elephant, twenty feet tall and thirty feet wide, proceeded calmly in the most mysterious way. Its trunk, with the tip in the air, was quite curved, with horns of the same enormous abundance. Its gold-plated tusks thrust outwards from its enormous jaw like threatening scythes. Its deep green body, oddly spaced, was covered…
A historical novel about the greatest Latin poet Virgil, and the Roman world of the last century before Christ, the reign of Emperor Augustus.
K. C. Simos
Ambrosia Chronicles: The Discovery
When Alex is reunited with her high school crush, Ian, she discovers that he is part of a suspicious organisation that she herself becomes involved with. Suddenly entrusted with a heavily sougth-after little pouch, she must go on the run. Alex must let go of the frustrations of ignorance at her new circumstances with the knowledge that the less she knows the safer she’ll be, while she relies on the protection of her arrogant and mysterious rescuer in order to reach the organisation’s headquarters in one piece.
«Ambrosia Chronicles: The Discovery» is the first volume of an action-packed romantic fantasy trilogy, written in English. Readers are introduced to Alex, a law freshman who struggles with school, friends, and body-imagery (and other more supernatural things) as the story plays with Greek mythology. The supernatural elements are keyed down in this first volume, while developing relations between the characters are what drive the story. This first installment of the trilogy introduces the existence of an alternate world, a concept that will be exploited further in the following volumes, which have already been written. Book 2 will be titled «Ambrosia Chronicles: The Initiation.»
Young Adult Fiction
The Children of the Last School Desk
Ifigeneia Mastrogianni tells the story of a group of children who finish high school. On the one hand is the insipid routine od school spent in a deadlock regular compliance and the examination system, and on the other there is pulsating life and teenage sex. Within this conflict where feelings and tested ideas are crushed, the “generation of squatting and of confusing claims” will search for a way out, and there somewhere, in the difficult passages, it will encounter the beauty of love.
A powerful teenage novel with the touching story of a group of students, somewhere in the west of Athens. The narrator is Maria, who abandons the town of Preveza to come to a school in Athens before the national exams. She will meet Anna, a sensitive girl who will become her best friend, and they will be joined by Paul and Thanos. The daily school routine devoted to the examination system, its alienating arrogance, which affirms rivalry and makes man vulnerable, will pin the children and their teachers against each other. The tragedy of the conflict between the mummified educational system and vibrant complete life will be determined through the tender teenage love of Paul and Maria, and it will culminate through the death of a child, quiet, like a “light autumn shower”. The death of the most lively, the most sensitive of them all, of Thanos. In the end, the primordial sense of things and their peaceful daily evolution, the love for life and people will give these children and escape option, to search for a meaning of life that the school is unable or does not want to give.
Through the Other’s Eyes (Io Come Te)
One evening, the youngster Luka witnesses a tragic scene when four youths set an immigrant on fire. Luka watches, too shocked to react. Feeling guilty, the following day he manages to locate the man in the hospital, whose name is Rajeev from Sri Lanka, an illegal immigrant who sells roses. His decision to help Rajeev will lead him to the streets of the city, where he will take the place of the wondering salesman and he will experience the fear and hostile looks for everything foreign and different. His adventure will grant him an invaluable friendship that will “transform him”, making him see the world through the other’s eyes…
The author of the book, Paola Capriolo, handles the current issue of diversity, and especially racism, in an original way. Combining realism and tenderness, she projects the message of identity and emphasizes the value of human life and the meaning of equality. “Through the Other’s Eyes” reveals respect to fellow human beings, reconciliation and unity beyond colour, nationality, social peculiarity and prejudice. It is a story that upholds human dignity, and recalls the timely need for solidarity, understanding and tolerance.
The book is aimed at a teenage audience (12+), hoping to also impress upon the adult world. With the quick narration of events and the dialogues that are frugal but rich in meaningfulness, the author keeps the excitement of the reader undiminished and leads him in search of his own responsible behaviour and attitude. The boundaries between reality and exaggeration are distinct – both serve the straight-shot-to-emotion plot. The hardness of the event around which the story is woven, together with the “voices” of the protagonists, touch upon pain, while the optimistic ending functions to restore balance, so much so in comfort as in redemption.
The book presentation was held under the auspices of the Greek National Commission for UNESCO.
In a world ravaged by war and genocide, today you can become someone else is now possible. Sixteen-year-old Callie discovers the Body Bank where teenagers “rent” their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. But when her neurochip malfunctions, she wakes up in the mansion of her rich “renter” and finds she is going out with a senator’s grandson. It’s a fairy-tale new life, until she discovers her “renter’s” deadly plan.
Prince of Clouds II: Morning of the Three Suns (Le Prince des Nuages: Le Matin des Trois Soleils)
Myrtle, Princess of the Clouds of the North, and her friend Tristam have fallen to the Earth’s surface, into the heart of one of Earth’s last forests. In order to survive in this hostile environment and to be able to return to the Kingdom of Clouds, they will have to unravel the secrets of nature; to discover what is the function of forests; to understand why the sea is salty; to observe how the poles affect the Earth’s climate…
On the other side of the sky, their friend Tom and the best student of the village is imprisoned on a huge cloud. Thus, alone in the world, he will understand that in order to escape from the clutches of the brutal Lord of the Clouds of the Central Region, he can ultimately rely only on his mind and knowledge…
French astrophysicist and student of Stephen Hawking, author Christophe Galfard continues the adventure of his heroes, combining knowledge with literature, in the second book of the successful teenage series Prince of Clouds, titled “Morning of the Three Suns”. A book full of action that harmoniously integrates scientific explanations of natural phenomena, providing children with a fascinating read and a useful educational tool.
The book won the French Young Adult Book on Environment 2013 first prize.
The first book in the Prince of Clouds series, an innovative book that enthrals with its adventure and sensitises ecologically, conquered the young adult audience and reached its twelfth edition. Additionally, it won two awards in France (Scientific Young Adult Book Award from the Ministry of Education, Award for Best Young Adult Novel) and in Greece it received the first prize in translation from the Society of Literary Translators.
Myron is the most petite child not only in his class but also in the entire high school. Every day he tries to protect himself, just like his classmates, from the “Beatles” gang that plagues everyone at school. The “Beatles” have found the perfect victim in him because he is different, from his odd body shape to his habits. He likes to be alone during breaks and devotes himself to his thoughts. The boy has entered their target range, but nobody dares to take them on. Tough Paminos, leader of the “Beatles”, has big plans. He wants to impose outside of school as well, in the neighbourhood, the district and throughout the city. But the arrival of new student Luna will mark the start of everything changing…
The new novel of teens (10+) by Eleni Priovolou on school violence, a social phenomenon that concerns minors and troubles teachers and parents. Conflict, assault, humiliation, intimidation, harassment, violence; the reality of school life from within the contemporary issue of bullying.
A story with bold characters and plot, which graphically depicts the everyday life of young people, highlighting the issue of school violence and its social dimensions.
The Magic Violin
Grayland was a state so ugly that even the map did not want it. The sky covered it with grey clouds and the sun refused to shine its light on it. And that was all because King Horatio hated joy. He forbade music and songs. He prohibited colours, laughter, and joy. Fear had nested in the hearts of the people who lived there and everyone was sad, but no one was as sad as Rosa, the beautiful daughter of the king. One day Amir arrives, a musician full of courage and a yearning for life, and then the state is filled with notes and everything changes…
A tender tale about love and emotions that are essential in our lives. Sometimes the pain and fear to not get hurt makes us hard on ourselves and on others. The story of Amir, a musician who changes everything in Grayland with the musical notes of his violin and gives everyone warmth, peace and happiness, brings us closer to the souls of people and their need for joy. The magic violin is a symbol of strength, of the beauty of life, and of all the feelings that fill our hearts like sweet music.
Younger readers (6 years and older) have the opportunity to enjoy the narration in a theatrical and musical way, since the book is accompanied by a CD containing music by Nikos Xantholis, and to travel to a wonderful fantasy world illustrated by Irida Samartzi.
Inter-Tortoise Versus Hare Hurricane
In cooperation with demonic journalist Piko Apiko and the distinguished football historian Naphthalenio Gogol, Eugene Trivizas discovers, dissects and reveals all the unknown aspects, all the shocking details, all the unseen sides of a momentous struggle that shook the universe and beyond. As it is well known, in the legendary match of Inter-Tortoise against Hare Hurricane, upsetting all the data, contradicting all of the odds, the hares were defeated and the tortoises triumphed by 12 – 1. At last, the time has arrived to inform sports fans of what exactly happened on that epochal day. Nothing remains hidden any longer. All the dark backstages, all the wonderful sacrifices, all the painful doubts, and all of the infernal schemes are revealed.
A book-documentary, a book-landmark, a monumental book that will excite, will thrill and inspire generations of football fans.
The book is dedicated to all those fighting and winning games and matches that everyone assumes will be lost from the start.
The Revolution of the Old Toys
One rainy night, the old toys decide to make the oddest revolution! While they were sealed in a box in the loft, electronic games had been stealing the interest and imagination of children. The bear John is the unanimously elected leader, the clown Topsy-Turvy is the deputy and the Kurdistan monkey with cymbals is his assistant. The other toys are their followers: Ricky the clockwork mouse, the tin fire fighter with the blue uniform, the little porcelain ballerina and a hundred or so lead soldiers that found themselves placed inside the dark box. With courage and enthusiasm they decide to go to the city for the first time. The old toys from every city home join them and all together they will live through adventure and danger, to reclaim their freedom and their place in the hearts of children.
Teamwork, camaraderie, solidarity, militancy, assertion, determination, fulfilment of dreams, freedom and, above all, imagination as creative thought and practice are the messages of this both timely and timeless story in the new book “The Revolution of the Old Toys” by Christos Boulotis, who is among the most important Greek writers of children’s literature. The award-winning author tells the story of old toys with words grounded in integrity, rich in images and meanings, peppering them with subversive humour. The new look in reality (looking again with greater clarity and a lot of imagination), just like with the return to simplicity (not only with nostalgia but to also redefine the true worth and beauty of things) is the entrance where the young readers are ushered through to inhabit the wonderfully creative and unique world of Christos Boulotis. The illustrating talent of likewise award-winning Fotini Stefanidis breathes life into the heroes and with her unparalleled care and quality the old toys come alive. The old toys belong to the personal collection of the author, making the edition even more precious. This personal collection of Christos Boulotis’s old toys will be housed in the museum establishment in Myrina, Limnos.
The Traveling Painting
“Carrot” was what the other children called her, and Sophia cried. So what if her long red hair was her grandmother’s pride? “It’s like a flame in the wind”, she would say to her every time she brushed her hair. So what if her friend Orpheus calling it “magical”? Little Sophia hated her red hair, she wanted to cut it, to make it disappear so that the other children would stop teasing her. All until one traveling painting will magically change everything…
Helen Gika creates a story full of sensitivity and realism, and recounts in her own special way the daily life of a child that is confronted by her classmates because she is different. Little Sophia with the red hair could be any child who has been forced into exclusion, is under attack or is just different from the rest. The author infiltrates child psychology, managing to create intense images that convey the emotional charge. She also succeeds to miraculously transform the negative experience into a trip to another world, providing a solution and escape through the unstoppable power of love and creativity.
The sensitivity of the text is wrapped in beautiful colours and the understated yet particular style of excellent illustrator Efi Lada, offering young readers (6+) a unique aesthetic result.
The Right Anticancer Diet (Le Vrai Regime Anticancer)
Utilising his medical term in office for the research and therapeutic care of cancer patients, renowned oncologist David Khayat has collected the distillate of thirty years in Oncology into a book.
With the prevention of the disease as the goal, the author focuses on the food regime, since eating habits, in the broadest sense, are the factors responsible for the majority of cancers. As the author himself notes in the preface of the book, “this is the reason that prompted me to write the book at hand, with the purpose to present my experience and musings of thirty years. I offer all the knowledge I gained and share it with the greatest possible number of people, so that together we can fell that there is real hope and say that thanks to this our children will someday live in a world without the threat of ‘the cursed disease’.”
Using simple and understandable language, David Khayat analyses scientific data and everything we need to know about the disease. He simultaneously presents the correct anticancer diet through a range of products and dietary habits that should be avoided, a detailed list of dangerous or beneficial foods, but also tips for a healthier lifestyle. Unlike books based on personal experiences of cancer, this edition combines the wisdom of the rules set by a researcher of three decades, both in the laboratory and with patients in France and the USA.
Above all, however, it provides readers with the necessary skills to critically deal with everything proposed, discussed and written about the relationship between nutrition and cancer. The reliability and validity of the book is supported by the fact that it is a product of fruitful cooperation between an oncologist and an experienced nutritionist, Nathalie Hutter-Lardeau.
The book has been translated in many countries – Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland – and has become an international bestsell
History Philosophy Sociology
Philippe Di Folco
Dictionary of Pornography (Dictionnaire de la Pornographie)
The boundaries of pornography - a representation of vulgar love to the Ancient Greeks - change continuously. While referring to the most disgusting and vile implies satisfaction of sexual pleasure, giving the opportunity to enjoy the sight of these carnal pleasures, pornography feeds, so to speaks, off the feelings that it causes; We either condemn it or defend it.
Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari
What is Philosophy (Qu’est-ce que la philosophie?)
Philosophy is not contemplation, nor is it reflection, or communication, although at some point it did manage to believe it was one, at other times that it was the other, due to the ability that every spiritual branch has to give rise to its very own illusions and to hide behind a cloud of fog which emits around it. It is not contemplation, because contemplation is the same things while we see them through the creation of their own concepts. Furthermore, it is not reflection, since nobody needs philosophy to reflect on something: We think that we give a lot to philosophy by making it the art of reflection; we deprive it, however, of everything, since no mathematicians ever waited for philosophers, to reflect on mathematics, nor did any artists, to reflect on paintings or music. To claim, therefore, that they are philosophers is like a bad joke, because their reflection belongs to the respective creation.
Myth or reality?
Macedonian Warlord Comrades of Alexander
This book investigates the life and action of the first fighters of the Eastern epoch, who not only became famous beside Alexander, but also contributed decisively in the dissemination and development of the Hellenistic civilization. The majority acted mostly after the death of the campaign leader and helped to change the course of history. Each one has his own personality, but all of them left their contemporaries astonished with their military, spiritual and social action. The names of Alexander’s comrades in arms are also associated with other protagonists of this era – civil workers, generals and admirals, scientists and artists, who laid the foundations of this new era, which comprises simultaneously of an intersection and a starting point of a new approach to the historical process (characteristically the establishment of new cities, the dissemination of the Greek language, the development of science, commerce and exchange, the broadening of slavery). These occurred in complex socio-economic conditions that are discussed within the pages of the book, in a way that illuminate alongside the aforementioned the cultural and political development of this period that left deep traces in the history of mankind. The author draws not only on Greco-Roman and oriental sources, but also on scientific detection based on inquiries made in the East (India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, etc.), and in former Soviet republics.