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Date: 13-04-2019
Time: 17:30
Venue: Hadrian's Library. Monastiraki, Athens

The event Hadrian's Memories with Roula Pateraki, at Hadrian's Library in Monastiraki, Athens, is co-organised by Athens World Book Capital 2018 City of Athens, of which major donor is Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


The most famous Greek actress Roula Pateraki reads excerpts from the legendary Marguerit Yoursenar's book "Hadrian's Memoirs", published in Greek by Vasdeki Publications (reprinted from the original version of Hatzinikoli Publications).


The entrance to the archaeological site of Hadrian's Library is free.




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.




Roula Pateraki was born in Thessaloniki while she is living and working in Athens.

She has graduated from the School of English Language and Literature in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She studied theatrical studies at the Drama School of Kyriazis Haratsaris in Thessaloniki, and was a member of the professional theater "Elefthero Theatro". She was a founding member of the Theater Workshop in Thessaloniki. She founded the Drama Art Inspection (1978-1985), a double structure of drama school and professional theater in Thessaloniki, where she directed and starred in many plays such as "Travesties" by Tom Stoppard, "Bremen Freedom" by Rainer Verner Fassbinder, "Multi-Beckett" based on Samuel Beckett’s various plays, "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen and others. At the same time, she taught at the Higher Private School of Dramatic Art "Drama Art Inspection".

In 1990, she founded the Drama Theater "Roula Pateraki" based in Athens, and performed many plays by great classical and modern playwrights (Genet, Strindberg, Kane, Proust, Bernhard, M. Fais, D. Demetriades, G. Panos, G. Veltsos etc.), in some of which she also has been starred. She has worked as an actress in many theaters, starring amongst others leading roles such as Rebecca Vest at Rosenholm (Η. Ipsen) directed by A. Antypas, Marguerite Gautier in the Lady with the camellias (A. Dumas) directed by P. Zulias, or Molly Bloom in the homonymous play by James Joyce, directed by L. Meletopoulou.

She also directed plays by Ibsen, Shaw, Kolte, Dostoevsky, Fassbinder, Woolf, Joys and others, in many Athenian theaters (Kefallinia Street Theater, Athens Theater, Alice Theater, Jenny Karezi Theater, Fournos, Ex Machina Theater etc).

In 2008, she directed the performance Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky in the Experimental Stage of the National Theater, while she designed and staged Oedipus Rex, and Oedipus at Kolonos with the National Theater in Epidaurus Festival.

In 2009, she directed and interpreted the Moonlight Sonata by Yannis Ritsos from his poem collection "Fourth Dimension" for the Monologues at the Epidaurus Festival.

In 2005, she was awarded the "Karolos Koun" Award for her performance in Yannis Panos' text The Philosopher and in 2009 she won the "Karolos Koun" Award by directing the play Puerto Grande by playright Manos Lambrakis.

In the cinema she staring in the bellow movies:

2016, Interlude ciity of a dead woman, directet by Angela Ismailos

2008, Three seasons, directed by Petros Sevastikoglou

2005, Martyries (Short), directed by Kostas Drimylis

2001, The unique journey of his life, directed by Lakis Papastathis

1990, Magiki lyhnia (Short), directed by Petros Zoulias

1976, May, directed by Tassos Psarras

1996, The sound of music (TV Movie), directed by Yiorgos Filis, Roula Pateraki

Her first appearance at the theater was at the age of ten, in the drama Sacrifice of Abraham, in the role of Isaac. Her most recent role is Sister Aloysius in the play Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Apollo Papatheocharis.

Her most recent works include: The Invocation of the Charm by Yannis Mavritzakis, The Capital by Carl Marx, and Dying as a country by Demetris Demetriadis.

She was honored with the Grand Prize "Marika Kotopouli".