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The author, Kostis Papagiorgis dies at 67

The writer, essayist and translator, Kostis Papagiorgis, died at 67 years old, last Friday Night.

He was the son of a schoolteacher, who was born in 1947 at Neohori Ipatis of Phthiotis, where his father worked and grew up (1951-1960) at Kimi Beach, where his father was transferred. In 1966 he moved to Thessaloniki for legal studies, where he stayed for one year, before abandoning it, because of the junta. In 1969 he moved to Paris to study classical and contemporary philosophy. He attended classes for two years at Vincennes (with Deleuze, Lyotard, Châtelet), which he stopped to devote himself to self-taught. He never completed his studies or legal or those of philosophy.

Nevertheless "the almost pathological commitment to reading led him to marketing books, then to a return to Athens, where he translated philosophical works for his livelihood and sometimes wrote largely confessional essays". In Greece he returned permanently after 1975 and served with enviable skill in translating important philosophers and thinkers (Derrida, Levinas, Rucker, Sartre, Foucault and Kierkegaard, among others) as well as in the writing of original texts and reflection books.

He wrote about drunkenness, jealousy, misanthropy, dead, grudge, friendship and war with acumen, linguistic wealth and a personal, distinctive style. He adopted the theoretical magazine "Hora" and worked with numerous magazines (Athinorama, Anti etc) and newspapers (Ependitis etc). In 2002 he was awarded from his country for the book "Kanellos Deligiannis" (Kastaniotis).