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DEADBEAT ESCAPEMENT - Live in Monastiraki, Athens

Date: 13-04-2019
Time: 20:00
Venue: Monastiraki Square, Athens


The Deadbeat Escepament live in Monastiraki Square, Athens, is co-organised by Athens World Book Capital 2018 City of Athens, of which major donor is Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Deadbeat Escapement group will perform live on stage songs and music from their past and recent recordings.

Actress Eurecleia Sofroniadou reads ancient Greek poems edited by Marguerit Yoursenar from her book "La Couronne et la Lyre", Publications Hatzinikoli (translation: Ioanna Hatzinikoli)




Tryfon Tryfonopoulos (guitars)

Ioannins & Kopsinis (drums)

Yorgos Zographos (bass)

Konstantza (vocals, acoustic guitar)

Kostas Kaouris (guitars)

+ act

Maria Goutou (Violin)

Gabriel Kamaris (Cello)

Hank Hays (European mandolin)





From Wikipedia

Marguerite Yourcenar (8 June 1903 – 17 December 1987) was a French novelist and essayist born in Brussels, Belgium, who became a US citizen in 1947. Winner of the Prix Femina and the Erasmus Prize, she was the first woman elected to the Académie française, in 1980, and the seventeenth person to occupy seat 3.

Yourcenar was born Marguerite Antoinette Jeanne Marie Ghislaine Cleenewerck de Crayencour in Brussels, Belgium, to Michel Cleenewerck de Crayencour, of French bourgeois descent, originating from French Flanders, and a Belgian mother, Fernande de Cartier de Marchienne, of Belgian nobility, who died ten days after her birth. She grew up in the home of her paternal grandmother. She adopted the surname Yourcenar –an almost anagram of Crayencour, having one fewer c– as a pen name; in 1947 she also took it as her legal surname.

Yourcenar's first novel, Alexis, was published in 1929. She translated Virginia Woolf's The Waves over a 10-month period in 1937.

In 1939, her intimate companion at the time, the literary scholar and Kansas City native Grace Frick, invited Yourcenar to the United States to escape the outbreak of World War II in Europe. She lectured in comparative literature in New York City and Sarah Lawrence College.

Yourcenar was lesbian; she and Frick became lovers in 1937 and remained together until Frick's death in 1979. After ten years spent in Hartford, Connecticut, they bought a house in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on Mount Desert Island, where they lived for decades.They are buried alongside each other at Brookside Cemetery, Mount Desert, Maine.

In 1951, she published, in France, the novel Memoirs of Hadrian, which she had been writing on-and-off for a decade. The novel was an immediate success and met with great critical acclaim. In this novel, Yourcenar recreated the life and death of one of the great rulers of the ancient world, the Roman emperor Hadrian, who writes a long letter to Marcus Aurelius, the son and heir of Antoninus Pius, his successor and adoptive son. The Emperor meditates on his past, describing both his triumphs and his failures, his love for Antinous, and his philosophy. The novel has become a modern classic.

In 1980, Yourcenar was the first female member elected to the Académie française. An anecdote tells of how the bathroom labels were then changed in this male-dominated institution: "Messieurs|Marguerite Yourcenar" (Gents/Marguerite Yourcenar). She published many novels, essays, and poems, as well as three volumes of memoirs.

Yourcenar's house on Mount Desert Island, Petite Plaisance, is now a museum dedicated to her memory. She is buried across the sound in Somesville, Maine.


Legacy and honors

1952, Prix Femina Vacaresco for Mémoires d'Hadrien (Memoirs of Hadrian)

1958, Prix Renée Vivien for Les charités d'Alcippe (The Alms of Alcippe)

1963, Prix Combat for Sous bénéfice d'inventaire (The Dark Brain of Piranesi)

1968, Prix Femina for L'Œuvre au noir (The Abyss)

1972, Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco for her entire oeuvre

1974, Grand Prix national de la culture for Souvenirs pieux (Dear Departed)

1977, Grand Prix de l'Académie française for her entire oeuvre

1980, elected to the Académie française, the first woman so honored

1983, winner of the Erasmus Prize for contributions to European literature and culture

1987, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2003, 12 November: Belgium issues a postage stamp (Code 200320B) with the value of 0.59 Euro.



Le jardin des chimères (1921)

Les dieux ne sont pas morts (1922)

Alexis ou le traité du vain combat (1929) – translated as Alexis by Walter Kaiser; ISBN 0-374-51906-4

La nouvelle Eurydice (1931)

Pindare (1932)

Denier du rêve (1934, revised 1958–59) – translated as A Coin in Nine Hands by Dori Katz; ISBN 0-552-99120-1

La mort conduit l'attelage (1934)

Feux (prose poem, 1936) – translated as Fires by Dori Katz; ISBN 0-374-51748-7

Nouvelles orientales (short stories, 1938) – translated as Oriental Tales; ISBN 1-85290-018-0 (includes "Comment Wang-Fô fut sauvé", first published 1936, filmed by René Laloux)

Les songes et les sorts (1938) – translated as Dreams and Destinies by Donald Flanell Friedman

Le coup de grâce (1939) – translated as Coup de Grace by Grace Frick; ISBN 0-374-51631-6

Mémoires d'Hadrien (1951) – translated as Memoirs of Hadrian by Grace Frick; ISBN 0-14-018194-6

Électre ou la chute des masques (1954)

Les charités d'Alcippe (1956)

Constantin Cavafy (1958)

Sous bénéfice d'inventaire (1962)

Fleuve profond, sombre rivière: les negros spirituals (1964)

L'Œuvre au noir (novel, 1968, Prix Femina 1968) – translated as The Abyss, or Zeno of Bruges by Grace Frick (1976)

Théâtre, 1971

Souvenirs pieux (1974) – translated as Dear Departed: A Memoir by Maria Louise Ascher; ISBN 0-374-52367-3

Archives du Nord (1977) – translated as How Many Years: A Memoir by Maria Louise Ascher

Le labyrinthe du monde (1974–84)

Mishima ou la vision du vide (essay, 1980) – translated as Mishima: A Vision of the Void; ISBN 0-226-96532-5

Anna, soror... (1981)

Comme l'eau qui coule (1982) translated as Two Lives and a Dream. Includes "Anna, Soror...", "An Obscure Man", and "A Lovely Morning".

Le temps, ce grand sculpteur (1984) – translated as That Mighty Sculptor, Time by Walter Kaiser, essays: ISBN 0-85628-159-X

The Dark Brain of Piranesi and Other Essays (1984) – translated by Richard Howard; ISBN 0-856-28140-9

La Couronne et la Lyre. Chadjinikolis editions (1986)

Quoi? L'Éternité (1988)


Other works available in English translation

A Blue Tale and Other Stories; ISBN 0-226-96530-9. Three stories written between 1927 and 1930, translated and published 1995.

With Open Eyes: Conversations with Matthieu Galey