Reading Club: Morning and Evening Talk - Εικόνα

The SNFCC Book Club meetings continue in June, moderated by poet and translator Krystalli Glyniadaki!

On Wednesday, June 29, book lovers give an appointment at the Stavros Niarchos Park to discuss the book they read during the past month.

On Monday, June 27, the meeting will also take place online via Zoom! 

The growing circle of readers will once again have the opportunity to share experiences, feelings and ideas, as well as to make new friends and exchange viewpoints, prompted by the book of the month.

Book of the month for June: Morning and Evening Talk, by Naguib Mahfouz

A few words about the book for June:
200 years of Egyptian history in one novel: Morning and Evening Talk is the epic tale of three families who lived in Cairo from 1798 (when Napoleon’s troops invaded Alexandria) until the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Through the microhistories of these families, Mahfouz draws out on the big canvas the history of his home country and tells of the importance of being Egyptian. People from all social classes of Egypt are whirling together in a dance that reveals the internal mechanisms of Egyptian society: the position of women, migration to Western countries, the return home, the traditions of an eroding Arabic society, and family ties. Sixty-seven biographical notes that bridge two entire centuries of momentous sea change. Considered one of the best and most original ones of the author’s mature era, the novel was published in Egypt in 1987, one year before Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Its Greek translation is available from Kastaniotis Editions, translated from the Arabic original by Eleni Kapetanaki.

Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo on December 11, 1911, in the densely populated district of El Gamaliya. He studied Philosophy at the Cairo University and published his first novel, dealing with Ancient Egypt, in 1939, at the age of 17. Since then, he wrote dozens of novels and short story collections, as well as 25 film scripts. Deemed among his best works are The Cairo Trilogy and the Children of Gebelawi, the latter being a work that was met with severe opposition for decades, as it was considered by a number of Muslim fanatics to be an insult to Mohammed. In fact, when Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1988, a fatwa was issued against him, which led to an assassination attempt against him in 1994, from which he luckily survived, having suffered partial loss of his vision and hearing, a fact that made it difficult for him to keep on writing from that point forward. His works have been translated into more than 25 languages across the globe. He is, of course, considered one of the greatest writers of modern Egypt. He died in Cairo on August 30, 2006.

Wednesday 29/6 | 19.00-21.00

For adults | Up to 30 participants
Free participation via online pre-registration 

Monday 27/06 | 19.00-21.00

For adults | Up to 50 participants
Free participation via online pre-registration 

Facilitator: Krystalli Glyniadaki 
Anyone reserving a seat at the Book Club is required to have read the book of the month.

The Greek edition of  Morning and Evening Talk, by Naguib Mahfouz, is available from Kastaniotis Publishing. 

Available in the General Collection of NLG 



Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.

The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organisation regulations. 

As part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center's collaboration with the National Library of Greece, the book for December's Reading Club has been chosen by NLG staff members.

See also

Thursday 30/06, 18:30

Take a welcome tour of the SNFCC


Monday 27/06, 19:00

SNFCC Members x Cinobo | Film Club: Honeyland


Sunday 26/06, 17:00

Introduction to chess