PEN Greece in collaboration with PEN Czech honors the memory of the Great Czech writer Franz Kafka

Today, Monday, June 3, 2024, marks 100 years since the death of Franz Kafka, the German-speaking writer of Jewish origin who lived in what is now the Czech Republic. Among the most important works of the leading Czech writer of universal scope are the novella The Metamorphosis (1915) and the novels The Trial (1925), The Tower (1926) and America (1927).
The Kafka of the enormous prose work, plays and poetry, largely unknown to the reading public, the Kafka of Czech and Greek readers, the Kafka with the influential character of his work. Kafka, who will always be a point of reference at a global level for later works by younger creators, according to the Kafka model, as through his work a new literary way of speaking denunciation emerged, a dynamic, rebellious voice against political and social erosion, against, ultimately, the dehumanization of man.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death, PEN Greece in collaboration with PEN Czechia honors the memory of Kafka and the timelessness of his work with a dedicated Video in which members of both centers take part.
Thanks to everyone who participated:
  • Dina Sarakinou, President of PEN Greece
  • Ondrej Vaculik, President of PEN Czech
  • Katerina Malakate, Vice President of PEN Greece
  • Lucie Kuligova, Director of the Czech Center in Athens, Organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Pavlina Sipova, Honorary Member of PEN Greece, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic’Tessy Baila, General Secretary of PEN Greece
  • Vladimir Karfik, Honorary Member of PEN Czech
  • Sissy Papathanasiou, Director of Letters of the Greek Ministry of Culture, Member of PEN Greece
  • Olga Wallo, PEN Czech Member
  • Sotiria Georganti, Chair of the  Women Writers Committee of PEN GreeceKlara Hurkova, PEN Czech Member
  • Zefi Kolia, Member of the Disciplinary Council of PEN Greece
  • Fanny  Matsinopoulou, Member PEN Greece
  • Aglaia Blioumi Member PEN Greece
  • Lopi Romana, Member of PEN Greece
  • Nikos Salteris, PEN Greece Member
  • Ilias Fragakis, PEN Greece Member

Many thanks also to Dana Mojzisova, General Secretary of PEN Czech

You may watch the video