Francisco González Ledesma Premio José Luis Sampedro

Spanish writer Francisco González Ledesma, based in Barcelona, has received today the II Premio José Luis Sampedro. This award is given by Getafe Negro crime fiction festival, in recognition for the ‘excellency and humanistic values ​​of his creative career’, according to a statement by the festival organization.

Source: El Mundo.es.

See my previous post Crime Fiction on a EuroPass – Barcelona (Spain)

Getafe Negro pays tribute to Italy this year

Getafe Negro, Madrid  Crime Fiction Festival, pays tribute to Italy this year. Gianrico Carofiglio will open the festival tomorrow. Other Italian writers of ‘giallo’, as the genre is known in Italy, that will be present in this edition are the Neapolitan Maurizio de Giovanni and the Florentine Marco Vichi. The Swiss writer in Italian language Andrea Fazioli is another writer invited at this event.

Istanbul Pogrom

I’m half way through Muerte en Estambul (Death in Istanbul), by Petros Márkaris and, as you probably know, I’m fascinated to learn some history lessons.

Background: Constantinople (modern Istanbul) was the capital of the Byzantine Empire until 1453, when the city was conquered by Ottoman forces. A large indigenous Greek community continued to live in the multi-ethnic Ottoman capital city. The city’s Greek population, particularly the Phanariotes, came to play a significant role in the social and economic life of the city and in the political and diplomatic life of the Islamic but multi-ethnic, multi-religious Ottoman Empire in general.

Istanbul Pogrom: Commonly known as the Istanbul Riots, was a pogrom directed primarily at Istanbul’s Greek minority on 6–7 September 1955. The riots were orchestrated by the Turkish military’s Tactical Mobilization Group. The events were triggered by the false news that the Turkish consulate in Thessaloniki, north Greece—the house where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk had been born in 1881—had been bombed the day before. A Turkish mob, most of which had been trucked into the city in advance, assaulted Istanbul’s Greek community for nine hours. Although the mob did not explicitly call for Greeks to be killed, over a dozen people died during or after the pogrom as a result of beatings and arson. Jews, Armenians and Muslims were also harmed. The pogrom greatly accelerated emigration of ethnic Greeks from Turkey, and the Istanbul region in particular.

According to historian, lawyer and a former high-ranking United Nations official Alfred-Maurice de Zayas Istanbul Pogrom is a very serious crime against humanity, and states that even the small number of Greek casualties, especially with the flight and the massive migration of Greeks after the pogrom, corresponds to the “intent to destroy in whole or in part” criterion of the Genocide Convention.

Information taken from Wikipedia.

“Those who ignore history are bound (or doomed) to repeat it”