The Greek writer Petros Markaris Wins the VII Pepe Carvalho Prize.

The Greek writer Petros Markaris, author of detective novels featuring the Athenian police investigator Costas Haritos, has won the VII Pepe Carvalho Prize in recognition to his career, as reported by the Instituto de Cultura de Barcelona (La Vanguardia).

The jury, formed by Sergio Vila-Sanjuán, Daniel Vázquez Sallés, Rosa Mora, Jordi Canal, Paco Camarasa and Juan José Arranz, has awarded unanimously the prize to Markaris, a clear representative of the Mediterranean noir.

They have also stressed that Markaris with Haritos, like Manuel Vázquez Montalbán with Pepe Carvalho, are critical witness of the evolution and transformation of Athens and Barcelona, two cities that became main characters in their novels.

Markaris has cooperated with Theo Angelopoulos on a number of film scripts and has translated several German dramas into Greek. His last book (Con el agua al cuello) the sixth instalment in the Costas Haritos series, if my information is correct, will be published in Spain soon.

The award ceremony will be held during the next edition of BCNegra, which is scheduled to take place from 6 to 11 February, 2012.

The Pepe Carvalho Prize has been awarded in previous editions to Andreu Martin, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, PD James, Henning Mankell and Francisco González Ledesma.

Basic Shareholder by Petros Markaris

978-84-8383-533-3_big Petros Márkaris. El accionista mayoritario. Translated by Joaquim Gestí y Montserrat Franquesa. Original title:  Βασικός μέτοχος (2006). Tusquets colección Maxi (2009). 366 pages. ISBN: 978-84-8383-533-3.

Suddenly Commissar Kostas Haritos receives some terrible news. “El Greco” a ferry on her way to Crete has been attacked by an unknown terrorist commando. Neither their intentions nor their demands are known. The prevailing opinion is that this is a similar situation to the hijacking of the Italian cruise Achille Lauro in 1985. Katerina, Haritos’s daughter, and his boyfriend Fanis are on board. They were going on holiday. Katerina has just finished her doctorate and she was making plans for her future.

Kostas Haritos, unable to think in anything else but his daughter, has to return to Athens to investigate the murder of an advertising model. He was shot at close range, his corpse discovered in Faliros Olympic Centre now converted into a rubbish dump. The only clue available is that the shot was made by an old revolver used during WWII. The investigation is going no where but then another model is found dead, shot by the same weapon.

This is a very fine and very realistic police procedural. Commissar Kostas Haritos is also a very nice and human character. The book is an easy, stimulating and thought provoking read with continuous references to Greek reality. I have enjoyed its reading. Although it is the fourth instalment in a series, it is the first one that I’ve read. However it seems to me that it can be read as a stand alone. The first book in the series Noticias de la noche (Late-Night News, aka Deadline in Athens)  is in my TBR pile and I don’t think it will remain there for long. Globus 2

This was also my third book used to complete the European leg for my participation on Dorte’s 2010 Global Reading Challenge.

The Kostas Haritos series is made out of five novels plus a collection of short stories. If my information is correct Basic Shareholder will be released in English this month. Besides Noticias de la noche, Zone Defence (Defensa cerrada) and Che Committed Suicide (Suicidio perfecto) are already available in both languages. The fifth book  Muerte en Estambul (Death in Istanbul) and Un caso del comisario Jaritos y otros relatos clandestinos, a collection of short stories, are also available in Spanish.

Petros Markaris was born in Istanbul in 1937 from an Armenian father and a Greek mother. A member of the Armenian minority he did not have any citizenship for many years. Shortly after 1974 he became a Greek citizen together with the rest of the Armenian minority in Greece. He studied economics in Vienna and in Stuttgart. Later he wrote several plays and cooperated with Theo Angelopoulos on a number of film scripts. Markaris translated Brecht, Goethe, Bernhard and Schnitzler into Greek. The Kostas Haritos series has make him one of the most successful Greek authors today. He speaks and writes in Greek, Turkish and German. He lives in Athens.

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There is work ahead to do

Once the 2010 International Dagger Award has been announced I look forward to the 2011 International Dagger Award. You can check at Euro Crime here the list, so far, of translated crime novels published between June 2010 and May 2011 ie the period of eligibility.

I have only read one, Mankell’s The Troubled Man (El hombre inquieto) in Spanish – you can check my post here, but I have just started to read Villar’s Death on a Galician Shore (La playa de los ahogados) and I’ve Markaris’ Basic Shareholder (El accionista mayoritario) as my third European book on Dorte’s 2010 Global Reading Challenge. I do not plan to read them all, but there are very interesting titles just to keep me going. There is work ahead to do.

>Mis últimas adquisiciones

>Acabo de empezar mis adquisiciones de libros para el primer trimestre de 2010.

Aparte de Burlando la parca de Josh Bazel, ayer recibí por correo:
The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow, y
Don´t Look Back by Karin Fossum

En una de mis librerías habituales compré ayer:
Ritos de muerte de Alicia Giménez-Bartlett
Méndez de Francisco González Ledesma
La reina sin espejo de Lorenzo Silva
Cuentas pendientes de Juan Madrid
El accionista mayoritario de Petros Márkaris
El perro de terracota de Andrea Camilleri
Bajo los vientos de Neptuno de Fred Vargas

Tengo todavía que recibir algunos libros por correo y me falta visitar La Cuesta de Moyano. Para mis compras de Navidad me propongo visitar la Casa del Libro y la FNAC.

Por mi lista podéis ver que tengo todavía que ponerme al día con mis lecturas pero en cualquier caso tengo que agradecer a todos los blogeros que visito en ocasiones por sus buenos consejos y recomendaciones. Lo agradezco mucho.

Espero también escribir una próxima entrada sobre mi proceso de selección de libros.

>My last acquisitions

>I have just started my book shopping spree for the first quarter of 2010.

Besides Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazel, I received yesterday by mail:
The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow, and
Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum

In one of my usual bookstores I bought yesterday:
Death Rites by Alicia Giménez-Bartlett
Méndez by Francisco González Ledesma
La reina sin espejo de Lorenzo Silva
Cuentas pendientes de Juan Madrid
Basic Shareholder by Petros Márkaris
The Terracotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri
Sous les vents de Neptune by Fred Vargas

I still have to receive some books by mail and I still have to pay a visit to La Cuesta de Moyano.

For my Christmas shopping I will pay a visit to Casa del Libro and FNAC.

From the list above you can see that I still have to catch up with my readings but in any case I thank all the bloggers that I follow for their good advice and recommendations. I much appreciated.

I am also planning to post a future entrance about my book selection process