Censorship – Dangerous Words

On Friday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m., 30 bookstores will simultaneously hold cultural events dedicated to writers whose works were hunted down, censored, banned and, worst of all, self-censored.  Title:  “Dangerous Words.”

 

In the Western world, and more so in the Arab one, there are lists of books that even today are prohibited.  Classic books that have influenced the shaping of today’s culture, as well as contemporary books that touch upon issues that narrow-minded and intolerant societies cannot face head on. 

But we are the books that stand behind us and they are worth protecting.  Because there are books that continue to be targeted.  Because there are words that still annoy.  Words that have been hunted down, words that have been massacred by the sword of political, religious and partisan censorship.

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The multiple and simultaneous presentation of 30 banned texts by 30 people from the world of culture, in 30 bookstores around Athens and Piraeus, on December 31st, at 7:00 p.m., creates a polyphonic choir that sends a message about freedom of creative expression.  It is an evening of intervention, curated by Maria Koulouri, Nikos Kourmoulis, Giannis N. Mpaskozos and Christos Chrysopoulos. A collaboration between “Athens 2018 – World Book Capital” and the Municipal Theater of Piraeus.

Texts that will be narrated are as follow:

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  1. Epikentro (Ag. Anargyroi) – Roula Pateraki, Boccaccio
  2. Sporos (Kifisia) – Kostas Akrivos – N. Kazantzakis
  3. Epi Lexei (downtown Athens) – Paola Revenioti, Maria Koulouri, El. Petropoulos
  4. Lemoni (Thiseio) – Giannis Skourletis, N. Velmos
  5. Booktalks (P. Faliron) – Electra Ellinikioti, Sophocles’ Antigone
  6. Ianos (Syntagma Square) – Christos Chomenidis, E.Roidis
  7. N. Chrysos Antique Bookstore (Exarcheia) – Savvas Michail, A. Embiricos
  8. Libro (Kolonaki) - Ersi Sotiropoulou, Ersi Sotiropoulou
  9. Evripidis (Kifisia) – Kostas Katsoularis, James Joyce
  10. Evripidis (Chalandri) – Katerina Schina, Marquis de Sade
  11. Ad Libitum (N. Smyrni) – Elena Maroutsou, D. H. Lawrence
  12. Little tree (Acropolis)- Aggeliki Stellatou, Plato’s Symposium
  13. Idionymo (Korydallos) – Κostas Kremmydas, M. Katsaros
  14. Apeiros Chora (Vrilissia) – Dimitris Triantafyllidis, B. Pasternak
  15. Lexiopoleio (Pagkrati) – Vaggelis Raptopoulos, M. Koumantareas
  16. Paraskevopoulos (Piraeus) – Nikos Diamantis, I. Kambanellis
  17. Parousia (Piraeus) – Dimitris Sotakis, K. Mourselas
  18. Kaloudi (Piraeus) – Lena Divani, A. Akhmatova
  19. Venieri (Piraeus) – N. Kourmoulis, G. Orwell
  20. Protoporia (downtown Athens) – Katerina Matsa, Thycydides
  21. Chartis (Vrilissia) – Christos Chrysopoulos, A. Huxleyυ
  22. Fotografos (downtown Athens) – Dimitris Poulikakos, D. Poulikakos
  23. Pubic (Syntagma) – Titos Patrikios, The “Granin” Case
  24. Public (Piraeus) – Aris Maragkopoulos, M. Katsaros Unpublished
  25. Public (N. Smyrni) – Ikaros Mpampasakis, Vl. Nabokov
  26. Aprovlepto (Ilioupolis) – Chrysa Spyropoulou, Giannis Mpaskozos, French erotic poetry
  27. Eroica (Ag. Artemios) - Petros Markaris, P. Markaris
  28. Pataki Bookstore (downtown Athens) – Petros Tatsopoulos, H. Miller
  29. Free Thinking Zone (downtown Athens) - Maria Mitsora, S. Rushdie
  30. Books plus (downtown Athens) -Τina Mandilara, Oresteiaka

 

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