Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, expresses her emotion at the announcement of the death of Vassilis Alexakis, at the age of 77.

Vassilis Alexakis, born in Greece and arrived in France at the age of 17, was a wonderful smuggler between two languages and two cultures. Few, like him, have been able to embody a certain European identity through their life and work. 

He was a journalist, novelist, cartoonist and filmmaker. Author of twenty novels tinged with irony and black humor, Vassilis Alexakis has won many awards including the Medici in 1995 for The Mother Tongue, whose hero, Pavlos, seeks the meaning of the letter E once hung at the entrance to the temple of Apollo at Delphi. In 2007, he received the Grand Prix du Roman from the Académie Française for JC, then in 2012, the Prix de la langue française for his entire work.

He thus bequeaths to us a profoundly original, sensitive and joyful work, bearing the mark of the inexhaustible curiosity with which he observed the world he had just left.

The Minister extends her condolences to his family and loved ones.