“I’LL STILL SEE, THOUGH MY EYES WILL BE CLOSED”
BY PAVLOS TH. KAGIOS
The presentation of journalist and writer Pavlos Th. Kagios’ fourth book “I’ll Still See, Though My Eyes Will Be Closed” took place on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Ianos, during the 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.
Dimitri Eipides, Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival opened the event, expressing his pleasure that a book by Mr. Kagios has been presented for the second time in five years at the Festival, and he called Mr. Kagios a friend of the Festival. “I am particularly happy about the presentation of Pavlos’ fourth book, because I know this novel is particularly important to him. It’s his most personal book, he travels to his roots and tells the moving story of his parents. Basically, the protagonists are all everyday people, whose story is never writer, and this is one reason this book is worth reading”, noted Mr. Eipides.
The Director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Despina Mouzaki, said: “It is a heart-breaking book that really shook me. It moved me deeply and made me feel differently about the people around me”.
Mr. Kagios said that it is “an homage to the roots of my being”. He also noted: “This book is dedicated to my parents. It’s not their biography, nor my autobiography. It’s my universe. This is the one and only thing we all hide within us, that cannot be repeated. With this book I returned where I belong. It is the story of a family that spilled sweat and blood on the land they walked on in passage. It is every unknown, hunted and blessed family in an 80 year old Greece”.
As part of the book presentation, a short film was screened, compiled by director Manos Efstratiadis. It contained footage of the events described in the book, as well as the lives of the two protagonists through film excerpts. The Dean of the Philosophy Faculty of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki Foibos Gikopoulos spoke at the presentation of both the book and the film, as well as the director Dimos Avdeliotis, while excerpts from the book were read by journalist Maria Koufopoulou.