(Paris) The Franco-Greek writer Vassilis Alexakis died Monday at the age of 77, his editor announced, the Greek government hailing “a great creator”.
“It is with sorrow that the Metaixmio publishing group bids farewell to its dear friend and great writer Vassilis Alexakis, who died today at the age of 77,” said this Greek publisher.
The circumstances of this death have not been specified. Greek media reported that it took place in Athens.
Vassilis Alexakis was, among other things, crowned with the Medici Prize in 1995 for The mother tongue, at the same time as another author who became French-speaking, the Franco-Russian Andréï Makine, for The French will.
“We will forever remember his original humor, generosity and kindness, and will preserve as a precious legacy his brilliant literary work, which will remain timeless like his eternally young spirit,” added Metaixmio.
According to the Greek Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni, quoted in a press release from her ministry, literature “has lost a great creator, an independent voice, loved and special”, and “a writer who has won the esteem of its colleagues and the love of readers in the two countries between which he shared his life, Greece and France ”.
Born in Athens on December 25, 1943, Vassilis Alexakis arrived in France at the age of 17 on a scholarship. After studying at ESJ Lille, he became a journalist there, at World, at The cross and to France Culture.
He is the author of about twenty novels, the first of which, The sandwich, appeared in 1974, and one of the last, AD., was Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française in 2007.
Close to the left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, he was symbolically on the list of the radical left-wing coalition Syriza in European and municipal elections in the 2000s.
He was also a designer and filmmaker, director in Greece of comedies like The Athenians, Grand Prize of the Chamrousse Comedy Film Festival in 1991.