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The Greek poet Haris Vlavianos has chosen 100 philosophers in the western tradition, from the pre-Socratics, by way of Arab and Jewish thinkers in medieval Spain, to modern figures such as Jacques Derrida and Martha Nussbaum, and has composed a pithy haiku on each of them. In almost all cases, each haiku is accompanied by the title of a relevant work by the philosopher concerned, and some are also accompanied by a brief note clarifying the context. These haikus are brilliantly witty and often hilariously funny, but at the same time they succeed in conveying the history of western philosophy to the reader in an extraordinarily concise and unexpected way. A perfect pocket-sized gift for budding and seasoned philosophers alike.
HarisVlavianos was born in Rome in 1957. He studied Economics and Philosophy at the University of Bristol (B.Sc) and Politics, History and International Relations (M.Phil, D.Phil) at the University of Oxford (Trinity College). He has published ten collections of poetry in Greek, including Vacation in Reality (2009), which won the prestigious Diavazo Poetry Prize and was runner-up for the National Poetry Prize. He has translated in book form the works of well-known writers such as Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Michael Longley, Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Carlo Goldoni, William Blake, Zbigniew Herbert, Fernando Pessoa and e. e. cummings. His poetry has been translated in several languages. He is the editor of the influential literary journal Poetics. For his contribution in promoting Italian literature and culture in Greece, the President of the Italian Republic bestowed upon him in February 2005 the title of “Cavaliere”.