Kyriakos Charalambides
Kyriakos Charalambides is one of the most known and acknowledged Greek poets and writers. His work sings in the odea of Western culture
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, yet is most at home upon the stage of Greek civilization. He specifically speaks in the tradition of modern Greek poets Constantine P. Cavafy
Constantine P. Cavafy
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, Giorgos Seferis
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 and Odysseas Elytis
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, but in his own Cypriot register.


He was born on January 31, 1940, in Achna
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, in the Famagusta District
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 of Cyprus
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. He studied history
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 and archaeology
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 at the University of Athens, 1958–64, drama at the Drama School of the Greek National Theater, 1962–63 and radio in Munich
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, 1972-73.

After four years as a Philology Master in Cyprus, he was appointed to the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation
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 where he served until 1997 as Head of Radio Programmes. In 2008, he has been elected by the Senate of the University of Cyprus to serve on its Council.


He is the author of ten books of poetry:


Three of his books were awarded the First State Prize for Poetry (Cyprus). His book "Tholos" (Dome) was awarded the Athens Academy Prize (1989) and his collection "Meta-history" was awarded the Greek National Prize for Poetry (1996).
In 1997 he published his own translation and introduction to Romanos the Melodist's "Three Hymns," which was awarded the Hellenic Society of Literary Translators Prize. He is also the recipient of the 1998 Cavafy Prize (Egypt).
In 2003 he was awarded the Costa and Eleni Ourani Award by the Athens Academy for his entire work in poetry. In 2006, he was awarded the Cultural Contribution Award of Teucros Anthias - Thodosis Pierides by the cypriot political political party, AKEL.
In 2007, he was awarded the Literary, Arts and Sciences Prize of the Republic of Cyprus.

Translations of Charalambides's work

Charalambides’s work has been translated in many languages in various monographs:
  • "Selected Poems" translated in English by Greg Delanty (Southworld Editions, the Munster Literature Center, Cork, Ireland, 2005.
  • "Dome" translated in English by John Milides (National Center for Hellenic Studies and Research, La Trobe University, Australia 2002.
  • "Hier, wo das Wunder nock Wirkt" translated in German from Hans Eideneier (Romiosini, Cologne 2000).
  • "Methistoria" translated in French by Andreas Hadjisavvas with Francoise Becker, Michel Blanc and Francoise Gabenisch (Edition Praxandre, Besançon, France, 2007).
  • "Ordens tyranni och andra dikter" translated in Swedish from Anna Maria Gull (Atlantis, Sweden, 2008, forthcoming).
  • "Myth and History" translated in English by David Connoly (Nostos Books, Minneapolis, USA - 2010).

Books on Charalambides’s work

Moreover, his work has been set to music by Chrysostomos Stamoulis, Notis Mavroudes, Michalis Christodoulides, Marios Tokas, Savvas Savva, Marios Meletiou and George Kalogyrou.


Reviews of his work are published regularly in the Greek press. The most recent reviews include:
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