Angela Dimitrakaki (1968)

Βorn in October 1968, Angela Dimitrakaki is a fiction writer whose work addresses the transformation of subjectivity in contemporary global landscapes. She has published the novels Antarktiki (1997, revised edition 2006), Antisea (2002), The Manifesto of Defeat (2006), Inside A Girl like You (2009) and AEROPLAST (2015) as well as the collection of short stories Nosebleed (1999). Her literary work has been shortlisted for several prizes in Greece. Her novella Four Testimonies about the Exhumation of the River Errinyos has appeared in contemporary Greek fiction anthologies in France and Germany. Educated in Greece and Britain, she is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh. She lives in Edinburgh and Athens.

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Select Bibliography

  • Antarctica , (novel) Oxy Publications, 1997
  • Nosebleed, (short stories) Oxy Publications, 1999
  • Antisea, (novel) Oxy Publications, 2002
    Shortlisted for the Diavazo Literary Prize for Best Novel
  • The Manifesto of Defeat, (novel) Hestia Publishers, 2006
    Shortlisted for the Na Ena Milo prize and the Athens Prize for Literature
  • Inside a Girl Like You, (novel), Hestia Publishers, 2009
  • Shortlisted for the Diavazo Literary Prize for Best Novel, the Athens Prize for Literature and the Academy of Athens Prize for Best Novel
  • AEROPLAST, (novel), Hestia Publishers, 2015
  • Shortlisted for the O Anagnostis Literary Review Awards 2016 for Best Novel of the Year.

Reviews

 

Praise for Aeroplast:

Angela Dimitrakaki’s characters are seamlessly tied to the time they live in: the era when the illusions of globalisation are being dispelled, the time when the petit bourgeois’ deification of education is being gloriously dismantled, the time when the question of “what is to be done” is being replaced by “is it ever possible to do something”.

Christos Kythreotis, I Efimerida ton Syntakton Newspaper, 18/10/2015

Dimitrakaki understands the novel as contemporary sociology much in the vein of Don deLillo…(she) inquires about the new subjectivities that globalisation has created, and where the angel of history’s face is turned towards.

Thanasis Minas, Avgi Newspaper, 29/11/2015

One of the best novels we’ve read recently.

Vasiliki Christi, Diavasame.gr, 24/12/2015

There are parts of Dimitrakaki’s novel that I found utterly transfixing: the breadth and depth of its contrasts, its introverted but sparkling language, the fiery power of its characters.

Vangelis Chatzivasileiou, To Vima Newspaper, 22/11/2015

For more information you can read Angela’s column ‘Unpaid Labour‘ at popaganda.gr

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Angela’s essay on contemporary democracy for Documenta 14 

 

See also the author’s recent interviews to the national press:

 

Kathimerini (17/5/15)

«Aeroplast, because we all have something we wish to keep safe»

Interviewed by Dimitris Politakis

 

Popaganda (7/11/15)

«Once I thought I wanted to write while dancing, but ultimately it’s been easier to write as a sniper, at the quiet intervals in a life of fighting for your cause»

Interviewed by Theodosis Mihos

 

Athens Voice (16/12/15)

«I am not prepared to play the Law and Disorder game»

Interviewed by Dimitris Mastrogiannitis

 

See also Angela Dimitrakaki’s recent interview to MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona:

https://www.facebook.com/MACBA.Barcelona/posts/990153977728987:0