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Stories-experiences with people and nature of Mani, a geographical and cultural region in Greece

July 07th, 2015

On June 3rd the Greek and Romanian embassies collaboratively hosted an event at the Romanian Embassy in Berlin, where Romanian writer Carmen-Francesca Banciu’s book, ‘Leichter Wind im Paradies’, was presented; The book is dedicated to Greece and at the end of the evening the Greek band "Nostos" gave a performance.

“Leichter Wind im Paradies”, is a book of short-stories based on Ms Banciu’s experiences with the people and nature of Mani. Many other famous foreign travel writers share this special relationship with the region, such as Patrick Leigh Fermor and Bruce Chatwin. The narrator turns her back to the hectic city pace of Berlin in order to regain strength from the seclusion of a Greek mountain village. This book is a journey of small and large worlds. Even the photo on the front cover highlights the sunny, holiday mood: a cozy wooden door, an amphora, field stone walls and lush vegetation in the bright sunlight, justify the title of the book. Carmen-Francesca Banciu is a Romanian-born artist, who has been living in Berlin for 25 years, and consequently she has been writing her texts in German for a long time. She does this with attention and thoughtfulness, which often comes intrinsically to non-native speakers.

During the event, the Delegate of the Romanian Embassy, Ms. Adriana Stanescu, the Deputy Chief of Mission of Greece, Mr. Andreas Friganas and publisher Ms. Catharine Nicely also gave speeches, while the writer read excerpts and answered questions put by the journalist, Mrs. Sigrid Brinkmann.


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Katerina-Panagiota Nakou, Berlin Global