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 on the Exhumation of River Errinyos has appeared in contemporary Greek fiction anthologies in France and Germany. Her short story, 'Kozlowski & Louka' was included in Suze Olbrich, ed, Somesuch Stories 3: Disorientation, London 2017. 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.
- 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 2016 O Anagnostis Literary Review Awards for Best Novel of the Year.
- Four Testimonies on the Exhumation of River Errinyos (novella), Hestia Publishers, 2016 - Winner of the 2017 O Anagnostis Literary Review Awards for Best Novella of the Year.
- 'Kozlowski and Luka' (short story), Suze Olbrich, ed, Somesuch Stories 3: Disorientation, London 2017.
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
Angela's essay on contemporary democracy for Documenta 14
See also the author’s recent interviews to the national press:
Interviewed by Dimitris Politakis
Interviewed by Theodosis Mihos
Athens Voice (16/12/15)
Interviewed by Dimitris Mastrogiannitis
See also Angela Dimitrakaki's recent interview to MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona: