Arts & Culture play an important role in my file, since it is my escape from the square logic of engineering and sciences; it is the place where the edges are trimmed and get to feel that I become more well-rounded! I am not an art expert, but anything related to art or culture is very attractive to me and I enjoy visiting museums, art exhibitions, going to the opera, etc.
Literature is a rather interesting subject, since it was a “hate” that became love in just a few months. During my highschool years I only wanted to read books, papers, and magazines for science, engineering, nature, and practical philosophy expect for literature! Nevertheless, I always felt comfortable when studying for my Literature class at school. All my need for books changed dramatically during my undergraduate studies and I became a “book eater”. My preferences are focused on works related to the existence and well (or bad) being of people either through real stories or imaginary and surreal descriptions. Some of my favorite writers are Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, and John Ernst Steinbeck.
Although I do not play any musical instrument, I have a deep love for music and admire classical music and the opera. I've always believed that this type of music and theatre would fascinate and after I moved to Athens for my undergraduate studies I grasped the opportunity to attend many concerts. My first exposure to the opera was very interesting, for it was a “static” opera, i.e., the singers were standing still and there was no movement or any particular costume (note: this type of opera is highly NOT recommended for first attempt :) ). Later on, not only did I like the opera, but I've attended operas in many of the major opera houses in Europe. The two most impressive places, in my opinion, are the Royal Opera House in London and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens.
Most of his works are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, labyrinths of bureaucracy, and
mystical transformations; but most of all about reading his books is the mystery and suspense of what is really going to happen...
Albert Camus was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. Not much can be said, though, until one has read
Considered by his contemporaries one of the preeminent figures of the natural school of Russian literary realism, later critics have found in Gogol's work a fundamentally romantic sensibility, with
strains of Surrealism and the grotesque. I am only wondering what would have happened if the sequel of "Dead Souls" had been publsihed...
Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer and philosopher, celebrated for his novel Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opus. He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Michael Cacoyannis film
Zorba the Greek, based on the novel. He gained renewed fame with the 1988 Martin Scorsese adaptation of his book The Last Temptation of Christ.