Petros Markaris was awarded the Goethe Medal as a mediator in Greek-German relations, who maintains his clear, analytical insights of both countries even in times of crisis.
Markaris is the internationally best-known Greek author of our time. The son of Armenian-Greek parents grew up in Istanbul and studied in Vienna and Stuttgart. His crime novels are affectionate yet socially critical descriptions of modern Greek society. His books have been translated into 13 languages. In addition to Greek, Markaris speaks fluent Turkish and German; he brought German-language plays to the Greek stage with outstanding translations of writers such as Brecht, Goethe, Schnitzler and Bernhard. In recent years he has been a dedicated and knowledgeable participant in the debates over the crisis: in his novels, in essays and in the international press.
The “clear-sighted commentator” and “ambassador without portfolio,” as journalist Christiane Schlötzer described him in her laudatory speech, conveys an authentic image of Greece to Germany and is at the same time an honest advocate of Germany in his homeland.