AMALIA NEGREPONTI was born in Athens, Greece. She is a recent immigrant to the U.S. and lives in New York. She has studied Law (Athens University) and French Literature (Sorbonne). For almost 20 years she has worked as a foreign affairs journalist and cultural editor for a variety of newspapers, magazines, radio and TV (including BBC, L'Express, La Règle du Jeu, Ta Nea, Proto Thema, ABC News) and has been the recipient of a Marshall Memorial Foundation Young Leaders fellowship, a fellowship in Paris from the French Embassy of Athens, and a fellowship from Project Interchange of the American Jewish Committee. She has participated in Aspen summits, Track 2 diplomacy meetings, and the Israeli Presidential conferences (under President Simon Peres). Interviews she did with the great historian of the 20th century, Eric Hobsbawm, of the biologist Richard Dawkins, of the writers P.D.James, Josephine Hart, Theodore Zeldin, Christopher Hitchens, and of the war photographer Chris Hondros were published in the literary and philosophical review Prosopa and republished extensively in Greece.
While researching the cultural, linguistic and emotional connection between Greece’s ancient past and its evolution as a post-World War II modern country, she met and interviewed many famed hellenists—writers, World War II veterans, historians—including Edmund Keely, Patrick Leigh Fermor, C.E.Woodhouse, John Campbell, Peter Mackridge, Roderick Beaton, Jacqueline de Romilly, Michel Deon, Jacques Lacarriere, Richard Overy. These interviews and research became the foundation for her book, Hellenists: Those that Greece does not wound (Livanis Publishing, 1999). The book was later produced as a documentary for Greek public television. Her novel My Beloved Terrorist (Livanis Publishing, 2001), a fictionalized account of the weeks leading to the arrest of South-Eastern Europe's last left-wing terrorist organization, was published in Greece to critical acclaim and became a bestseller. Her novella, Kaddish for Prometheus, was serialized in La Règle du Jeu, the French literary review. In 2012, an open letter entitled Do not forget Greece that she wrote on the Greek Crisis (the near-bankruptcy of Greece, which lasted from 2009 to 2017, and from which many Greeks are still suffering) became a matter of public debate in France, eliciting a response in Le Point, from the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy. Recent work of hers has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books and the HuffPost. She is currently writing a novel, Homeland Insecurity, which will be her first novel in English.
Listen to her short story, The Man , short-listed for the 2016/2017 Fish Publishing prize which became the first episode of the 52Men podcast
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