Soti Triantafyllou

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Soti Triantafyllou
Born(1957-12-01)1 December 1957
Athens, Greece
Occupationwriter, columnist, translator, political/social commentator

Soti Triantafyllou or Triantafillou (Greek: Σώτη Τριανταφύλλου; born 1957) is a Greek writer, columnist, translator, and political/social commentator. She is based in Athens and Paris.[1][2]


Soti Triantafyllou was born in downtown Athens. She attended English-Hellenic Elementary School and graduated from Arsakeion High School. Her further education includes: Diplôme d’Etudes de Lettres et Civilisation Françaises, Université de Nice, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Nice, France (1979), Bachelor of Science; Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Athens, Athens, Greece (Oct.1979), Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA), Faculty of History and Civilizations, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (with professor Marc Ferro), France (1981), PhD, American History and Civilization, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (thesis on “The Image of the U.S. Through the Hollywood Comedy 1946-1960” with Professor Marc Ferro), France (1984), PhD, History of American Cities, NYU (Thesis “Los Angeles, California and Athens, Greece: Urban Patterns” with professor Jean Heffer) (1989). She did post-doctoral research at the Centre Koyre in Paris (History and Philosophy of Mathematics) and at the EHESS (Russian Studies).


Soti Triantafyllou has worked as a columnist for 35 years. She has contributed to most Greek dailies and magazines writing about international politics. She has also worked as professor of history and film studies at the Hellenic Film School, (1985-2000) and she has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Western Macedonia (Creative Writing) and at Aegean University (Faculty of geography and Urbanism, Mytilene, Greece (2004-2007)). Her academic work includes the project “The Image of Los Angeles in the Movies” (with Professor Jean Heffer) for the Centre d’Etudes Nord-Américaines, Paris, France (1984-1985). Her 10th novel, "Rare Earths", came out in October 2013. She is trilingual (Greek, English, French) and she translates from four languages including Italian and German.[3][4]



  • Tangerine Days, (very short stories) Egokeros, 1989
  • The El at Stillwell, (very short stories) Delfini, 1992
  • Alphabet City, (very short stories) Delfini, 1993
  • Saturday Night at the Edge of the Town, (novel) Polis Publishers, 1996
  • Tomorrow Another Country, (YA novel) Polis, 1997
  • The Subterranean Sky, (novel) Polis, 1998 (translated into German, Zsolnay Verlag, Vienna, 2001)
  • Marion on the Silver Islands and the Red Forests (book for children), Patakis Publishers, 1999
  • The Pencil Factory, (novel) Patakis, 2000 (translated into German, Zsolnay Verlag, Vienna, 2004; translated into Catalan, Edicions de 1984, Barcelona, 2005; translated into Turkish, Çağdaş Edebiyat Dizisi, Istanbul, 2009)
  • Poor Margo (novel), Patakis, 2001
  • Albatross, (novel), Patakis, 2002
  • Forgiveness (novella), Patakis, 2003
  • Letter from Alaska (novelette), 2003
  • Taking off (novella), Melani Publishers, 2004
  • Death at Dawn (novella), Ianos Publishers, 2004
  • Stories of Despair (very short stories), Athens Voice Books, 2005
  • Letter from a Dragon (book for children), Patakis, 2005
  • Body Stories (very short stories), Athens Voice Books, 2006
  • Los Angeles (short stories with photos by Petros Nikoltsos), Melani, 2006
  • Pittsburgh (an epistolary novelette), Aigeias Publishers, 2006
  • Chinese Boxes (Four Seasons for Detective Malone), Patakis, 2006 (translated into German, Zsolnay Verlag, Vienna, 2009, translated into Italian, Voland, 2012)
  • Some of Your Blood, Patakis, 2008
  • African Diary (YA novel), Patakis, 2008
  • Time, Again (autobiography), Patakis, 2009
  • For the Love of Geometry, (novel), Patakis 2011
  • Milena and the Awful Fish, (book for young children), Patakis 2011
  • Rare Earths, (novel), Patakis 2013
  • Ophelia's Burial, (novella), Free Thinking Zone 2013
  • Mechanic Falls, (novelette), Patakis 2014
  • The ancient Greeks are snooping around, (fiction for children accompanied by drawings), Patakis 2015
  • Letter from Alaska (novelette, new edition), Patakis 2015
  • The ancient Greeks are snooping around (again), Patakis 2015
  • Astral Fields (autobiographical), Patakis 2016
  • The End of the World in an English Garden (novel), Patakis 2017


  • Filmed Cities, Synchroni Epochi Publishers, 1989
  • On Four Cinematic Landmarks of the Sixties, Delfini Publishers, 1994
  • Buildings in the Sixties, Delfini, 1994
  • «Left» Τerrorism, Democracy and the State, Patakis Publishers, 2003
  • On Nationalism and its Symbols, Melani, 2006
  • The Terrible Twist of Events, Athens Voice, 2012 (articles)
  • Speaking with Alice for the Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, Patakis, 2012
  • The 11th hour, Athens Voice, 2013 (articles)
  • Multiculturalism, Pluralism, Integration, Assimilation, Patakis, 2015 (essay)
  • Exercises of Serenity, Athens Voice, 2015 (articles)
  • The difficulties of the plains, Athens Voice, 2017 (articles)

Short stories in anthologies [selective bibliography][edit]

  • Cumin and Cinnamon (short story “A Restaurant Named ‘Le ventre de Paris’”), Patakis, 1999 (translated into Czech, Apsida Books, Prague, 2001)
  • Athens, Itineraries and Stops (short story: “How the Reginos Family Lost their Honor”), Patakis, 2000
  • Fables from the Future (short story “Bad Blood”), Minoas Publishers, 2001
  • Ten Summer Stories (short story “I’ll Jump Out the Window”), Vogue, 2001
  • Five Artists in Search of an Author (short story “The Wall”), Patakis, 2003
  • True Stories (short story: “Athenian Romance, An Almost True Story”), Metechmio Publishers, 2002 (translated into German, Deutscher Tachenbuch Verlag, München, 2002)
  • Four Stories from the City, (“Baby’s Engagement”), Athens Voice Books, 2005 (translated into Swedish: Bokförlaget Tranan, Stockholm, 2007)
  • Modern Greece Under Foreign Eyes (short story: “Adom in Athens: an Egyptian Cabbie in the City”), Dendron Review, 2008
  • We Call this Night Fire: Stories from the Inner City (short story: “Come on Running”), Athens Voice, 2009
  • Stories from the Subway (short story: “Vocals”), Athens Voice Books, 2009
  • This Age of Ours (short story “The Cabriolet Chronicles”), Kastaniotis Publishers, 2010
  • Greek Crimes (short story “The Concierge of the Rue Lepic”), Kastaniotis Publishers, 2011
  • The Imprint of the Crisis (short story: "Voodoo Child"), Metechmio Publishers, 2013
  • Saturday Night on the Edge of the World, Kool Publishers, 2013
  • Ophelia’s Burial (short story), Scrapbook Editions, 2013
  • Sex crimes (short story: “The cult of me”), Patakis, 2015

Translations [selective bibliography][edit]

  • James Henry, The Altar of the Dead, Egokeros, 1990
  • Lawrence D. H., The Trespasser, Sychroni Epochi, 1990
  • Woolf Virginia, The Years, Sychroni Epochi, 1991
  • Jolie Robert, La ville et la civilisation urbaine, Sychroni Epochi, 1991
  • Ballard J. G., Crash, Apopeira Publishers, 1992 (with Icaros Babassakis)
  • Machiavelli Niccolò, La vita di Castruccio Castracani, Gavriilides Publishers, 1993
  • Bellmer Hans, L’ anatomie de l’image, Gavriilides, 1993
  • Updike John, Memories from the Ford Administration, Patakis, 1994
  • Roth Philip, Goodbye Columbus, Polis, 1996
  • Handke Peter, Die Frau Linkshändinge Frau [from German], Melani, 1999
  • Pavese Cesare, Il bel estate [from Italian], Patakis, 2000
  • Frisch Max, Homo Faber, [from German], Patakis, 2000
  • Frisch Max, Montauk, [from German], Melani, 2001
  • Sciascia Leonardo, Il caso Moro [from Italian], Patakis, 2002
  • Bukowski Charles, Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way: New Poems, Electra Publishers, 2004
  • Bukowski Charles, The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain, Electra, 2005
  • Saviano Roberto, Il contrario della morte [from Italian], Patakis, 2009
  • Nizon Paul, Das Jahr des Lebens, [from German], Patakis, 2010
  • Richard Precht, Wen bin ich und wenn ja, wie veile? [from German], Patakis, 2011
  • Jürgen Habermas, Zur Verfassung Europas, Patakis, 2012
  • Edgar Morin, Stéphane Hessel, Le chemin de l’espoir, Patakis, 2012
  • Hubert Reeves, L’univers explique a mes petits-enfants, Patakis, 2012
  • Rolf Dobelli, Die Kunst des Klaren Denkens [from German], Patakis, 2013
  • Pascal Bruckner, Le paradoxe amoureux, Patakis, 2013
  • Jacqueline Romilly, Ce que je crois, Patakis, 2013
  • Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Supprimer les partis, Patakis, 2013
  • Albertine Sarrazin, L’astragale, Patakis, 2014
  • Claude Mossé, Regards sur la démocratie athénienne, Patakis, 2014
  • George Soros, G. P. Schmitz, Wetten auf Europa, Patakis, 2014
  • Luc Ferry, La plus belle histoire de la philosophie, Patakis, 2014
  • David Runciman, Politics, Patakis, 2015
  • Le sociologue et l’historien, Pierre Bourdieu & Roger Chartier, Patakis, 2015
  • Giovanni Sartori, Trenta lezioni di democrazia, Melani, 2015
  • Phil Thornton, The Great Economists, Patakis, 2015
  • Pierre-André Taguieff, Court traité de complotologie, Patakis, 2015
  • Andrea Gentile, Scienza sotto l’ombrellone, Patakis, 2015
  • Rolf Dobelli, Fragen an das Leben, Patakis, 2015
  • Wendy Brown, Undoing the Demos, Patakis, 2015
  • Carlo Rovelli, Sette lezioni di fisica, Patakis, 2015

Articles [selective bibliography][edit]

  • “New Towns, Satellite Towns and the Urban Utopias of the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier”, Delfini, 1994
  • “Anti-Americanism in Greece: a Pathology”, Université de Provence, 2000


  • Urban Decay: The Case of Detroit, Aegean University, Department of Geography, March 2005
  • U.S. Foreign Policies and the European Paranoia, Panteion University [13], Department of History, Athens, April 2005
  • Introduction to the Global City: Wang-Kar-Wai’s «Chunkging Express» and the Image of the Global City, Aegean University, Department of Geography, March 2006
  • White Flight in Greater Athens, Aegean University, Department of Geography, April 2006
  • Visionary Environments in the U.S., Aegean University, Department of Geography, May 2006
  • Los Angeles-Athens: Urban Patterns, Aegean University, Department of Geography, March 2007
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself, Aegean University, Department of Geography, Department of Sociology, April 2007
  • Language and Ideology; Class struggles, Terror and Misery of the Greek Language, Athens University, Department of Greek Literature, January 2008
  • American Culture in Greece and Variations of Anti-Americanism, The Hellenic Association of American Studies, Athens, November 2008
  • The Greek Civil War and How the Defeated Wrote the Official History of Modern Greece, Panteion University, Department of History, Athens, December 2009
  • Athens, a Mediterranean Capital: New Urbanism and the Future of Athens, Aegean University, Department of Geography, March 2010
  • Dingbat buildings in Athens and Southern California, Aegean University, Department of Urban Studies, April 2010


  1. ^ "Transcript (English)". Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  2. ^ "Soti Triantafyllou | Tufts Fletcher School". Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  3. ^ "Author Triantafyllou to go on trial over racism claims | News". Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  4. ^ about 2 days ago. "Ersilia Literary Agency » Soti Triantafillou (1957)". Retrieved 2017-10-01.