Dinos Christianopoulos, Thomas Korovinis, George Makropoulos and Christos Oikonomou are the winners of the Greek State Literature Prizes for 2011, according to the relevant decision of the State Awards Committee of the Ministry of Culture announced earlier today.
The Major Prize of Greek Letters was unanimously decided to be granted to Dinos Christianopoulos, in recognition of his overall contribution to Greek literature.
In his interview to ANA-MPA, the 81-year-old poet from Thessaloniki stressed that he does not want either the Prize or the money. “I have no intention of showing up at the ceremony or putting my hands on that prize” added non-comformist Christianopoulos. Instead, he referred to an older poem of his entitled “Enantion” (trns.: against), making clear what he thinks of the Ministry of Culture distinction.
The Novel Prize was awarded to Thomas Korovinis for his work “Tour of Death”, the Novelle Prize to Christos Oikonomou for his work “Something will happen, you’ll see”.
George Markopoulos will be the recipient of the Poetry Prize 2012 for his work “Secret Hunter”, and the Best Review Prize was granted to Georgia Gotsi for her work entitled “Internationalization of Imagination – Interaction of Greek and Foreign Literature in the 19th Century” and to Venetia Apostolidou for her work “Trauma and memory: The prose of political refugees”.
The Travel Literature Prize was granted to George Ch. Theochari for his work “Distomo: 10th of June 1944 – The Holocaust”, while the Prize for Emerging Author was jointly presented to Michalis Gennaris for his work “Princes and Murderers” and Thodoris Rakopoulos for his work “Fayum”.