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The One and the Other or „Vassilis Alexakis oecumenical I”

Author(s): Alexandru Matei
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Fundatia Culturala Echinox
Keywords: Greek Literature; French Contemporary Literature; Vassilis Alexakis; La Langue maternelle; Ap. J.-C.; Sango language; Christianism

Summary/Abstract: In the article we explore the structural influence that Vassilis Alexakis’ exile had upon his two major novels, La Langue maternelle and Ap. J.-C. These two novels reveal an indecision which runs through both the style and the literary construction of the self. Caught between two alternatives, France and Greece, Ancient Greece and Orthodox Greece, Europe and Africa, Vassilis Alexakis never gives up reversibility, never finds himself prone to make definitive decisions. In the interview, the Greek-French writer talks about his interest in a remote foreign language, Sango, a language spoken in the Centrafrican Republic. He thinks that it is by learning a foreign language that one can know better his own identity. He talks about Greek as his mother language and about his mourning period after his mother’s death, consumed in an attempt to rediscover the virtues of his native language. Finally, he states his atheism as a form of fidelity to ancient Greece, the inventor of philosophy, and his contempt about Christianism as the religion which suspended the teaching of philosophy.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 169-174
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: French