Hemingway at his home in Cuba in front of his portrait 1953 (Source: Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection)
One of the most popular writers in the world, Ernest Hemingway, "comes alive" again for a while in central Athens. Greek-American Association organizes on September 19th to October 18th an exhibition - dedication of the Nobel laureate, American writer, who passed away 50 years ago.
The opening of the exhibition "Ernest Hemingway: From Life to Fiction" will be held on Monday, September 19th, 2011, at 20:30 pm in the gallery of the Greek-American Association (22 "Masalias" str, Kolonaki). Entrance is free.
How could a man who loved adventure, wildlife hunting, fishing, traveling, love, who was a war correspondent and was a participant in two world wars, who saw his books being turned into movies with great resonance, put an end to his life at the age of only 62 years old?
This scene is described as follows: On the morning of July 2nd, 1961, Ernest Hemingway returned home in Ketcham, Idaho, Central America, after an enjoyable five-day trip with his fourth wife, Mary Wells, and one friend of theirs. And while his two companions unloaded the luggage shots were heard. Hemingway ended his life, shooting himself with a rifle in his mouth.
Man who loved Cuba, but who also previously loved also Greece, which he visited at the age of 23 years old, seem to has put an end to his last monologue with himself, like his characters, who spoke with themselves in his books. The man who searched high and low for adventures, did not go to receive his Nobel Prize for Literature, awarded to him for his book "The Old Man and the Sea" in 1954! He said he was sick.
In his speech in acceptance of the prize, however, read by U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and by Hemingway himself over the Cuban radio, he said: "Writing in its best moments, is a lonely experience. Writers organizations mitigate the loneliness of the writer, but I doubt whether they improve his writing. His public image expands, because his loneliness disperses, but often his work deteriorates. Because he does this job alone, and if he is a good enough writer he is obliged to face eternity, or its lack every day...".
So, those who go to the Greek-American Association in Athens will be able to see for a month collected photographs that show for the first time in Greece, rare audio-visual materials and original archival materials from the collection of the Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection. They are all related to the turbulent life of the American writer and the historical framework in which Hemingway was inspired and wrote his most important works. A representative of the so-called "lost generation" of American intellectuals, who settled in Paris between the two world wars, Hemingway influences with his work the American and world literature.