Antipodes Publications was founded in 2014 by Kostas Spatharakis and Thodoris Dritsas, two editors and translators with fifteen years of experience in the publishing sector. After the experience of launching their own magazine, Levga, focused on politics, arts, and criticism, they started Antipodes with the intention to unify in one series Greek and foreign literature along with academic and critical texts, putting special emphasis on the quality of the translations and the beauty of the typography.
Their first two books were a kind of declaration: Peri Bathous by Alexander Pope, is one of the great satirical works of the past three hundred years, while the short story collection Gjak by Dimosthenis Papamarkos, sought to sound out the emerging voices of the new generation of Greek writers. The runaway success of Gjak was followed by a rapid succession of short story collections by the new voices of Greek letters: The Power of Mr. D* by Agis Petalas, Venusberg by Dimitris Karakitsos, Automata by Kostas Peroulis, and Final Warning by Panagiotis Kechagias. Gjak was awarded the Academy of Athens Prize 2015 and the 2015 Prize for short story collection by the most prominent Greek literary magazine O Anagnostis. The 2016 Prize was awarded to Kostas Peroulis’ Automata.
The translated works published by Antipodes were similarly well received. The house publishes both classic works such as Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gazdanov, and A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor, as well as books by new and exciting voices such as East of the West by Miroslav Penkov. All translations are made by experienced translators, while the novels and short story collections are translated by the new generation of Greek writers, such as Akis Papantonis, Giannis Palavos, and Panagiotis Kechagias.
Committed to breaking new ground, Antipodes recently made their first foray in the novella with The Difficult Art by Dimitris Eleftherakis; they launched their poetry series with the collection Useful Children’s Games by Danae Sioziou; and published one of the more important texts on Russian literary theory, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky by George Steiner.
Upcoming by Antipodes are, among other works: The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O’Connor, Shipwreck with Spectator by Hans Blumenberg, The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector, White Blight by Athena Farrokhzad, Petersburg by Andrei Bely, Stork Mountain by Miroslav Penkov, and Prodigals by Greg Jackson.
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