Dracodaidis Philip

Dracodaidis Philip

Philip Dracodaidis (1940) is a Greek novelist, short stories writer, essayist and translator from french and spanish.

His father, fighting the Nazis, has been executed by the retreating German Army, when Philip was 4 years old.

He studied Economics, History and holds a Ph.D on Comparative Litterature.

He held management positions in multinational companies. Since 1985 he has provided consulting services to Greek companies and to projects financed by international donors focusing on cultural heritage strategy, preservation and valorisation. He had the opportunity to live and work in 35 countries. His first book was published in 1962.

Historical, social major and minor long lasting developments that shaped the World during the period from the late 18th to the late 20th century are the building blocks of his novels and short stories. Proofs of human greatness and -very often- surreal decisions shape his authorship. Take an example: Emiliano Zapata, writing a congratulation message to Lenin for the success of the October Revolution, asked one of his soldiers to bring it to Moscow. And the fellow left Mexico for Moscow on horseback! In fact, the message is still on its way...

Philip's essays focus on contemporary complex issues: terrorism as a social and political threat that undermines utopias of stability; litterature as a work of art in the hands of the "merchants of culture" (coaches, agents, publishers); human memory facing the computer "memory"; mega-trends shaping the human present and future in the Anthropocene era.

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First name:  Philip
Last name:  Dracodaidis

Philip translated: Michel de Montaigne Essays (3 vol.), François Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel, Baltasar Graciàn The Art of Worldy Wisdom and The Hero, Fernando Pessoa Poems of Alberto Caiero, Juan Rulfo The Plaine in Flames, Milan Kundera The Art of the Novel.

Pseudonyms are Philip's piece of cake: more than a hundred are alive and thrive. An Anthology of Non-existing Writers is a standing proof.

Philip's books translated into French, Slovenian, Dutch

Saint Maure editions du Seuil, Paris, 1984. ISBN 2-02-006815-Χ

Otok u Luminem Popku, Ed. Pomurska Zaloba, Ljubljana, 1986

Commentaires sur le cas, Ed. Denoel, Paris, 1985, ISBN 2-207-23113-5

Sur la route d' Ophrynio, Ed. du Seuil, Paris, 1986. ISBN 2-02-009225-5

Op Weg naar Ofrιnio, Ed. Bert Barker, Amsterdam, 1987. ISBN 90351-05516

El Mensaje, Ed. Muchnik, Barcelona, 1991, ISBN 10: 8476694873

Le Message, Ed. Actes Sud, Arles, 1992. ISBN 2-86869-843-3


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Date of birth:  1940
Birth place:  Chalkida
Abstract title:  Séraphine Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Abstract text: 


Médaille de la Société des Gens des Lettres- France

Chevalier des Arts et Lettres-France.

Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica- España


E-mail:  dracodaidis@gmail.com
Website:  http://www.philipdracodaidis.gr