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Vassilis Alexakis, Greek-French Journalist, Writer, and Film Director Dies Aged 77

The National Herald

Vassilis Alexakis. (Photo via Facebook)

ATHENS -- Vassilis Alexakis, Greek writer living in France since 1970, died aged 77 on Monday, it was announced.

He was born in Athens in 1943 and studied at the Lille School of Journalism.

Alexakis had been a journalist at Le Monde, where he also did book reviews and wrote columns. A versatile writer writing in French and Greek, and publishing in both countries (often simultaneously), he was also interested in humorous drawing and in film. One of his films, "Athenians", won first prize at the first international humor film festival at Charmousse (1991).

He had also written theatrical plays, and was honored by his adopted country with several prizes, including by the French Academy in 2007 (for his novel "AD").

His work has also been published in Germany, Italy, Spain, Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Argentina, the United States and Israel.