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Local printmaker Hambis Tsangaris will present his new book The Triplets and the Dragon of the Apple tree on Thursday in Paphos.

The book is a Cypriot tale by Lambros Polykarpou, who died last year, and features illustrations by Tsangaris. Polykarpou and Tsangaris were friends during the last 20 years of Polykarpou’s life and inspired each other’s art.

As it should be, the book is written in the Cypriot dialect and is accompanied by a Greek glossary. It is also translated into English, Russian and French.
For this book Tsangaris has illustrated all 88 pages and has done so in loving memory of Polykarpou, who wrote the story as he remembered it from when his grandfather used to tell it to him.

The presentation will begin with a short film by Christos Agiomamitis dedicated to the writer, entitled Lambros Polykarpou – Snapshots of a Hard Life as a Fairy Tale. After the screening Tsangaris will present the book revealing unknown aspects of the illustration process. He will do this through a presentation, which he has entitled The unknown paths of the triplets.

This is a great event for anyone who loves folklore, literature, illustrations and art.

If you enjoy the illustrations, you might be interested to know that Tsangaris offers free lessons in the art of printmaking.

In 2008 he founded the Hambis Printmaking Museum, which projects prints from many countries, dating back in the 16th century and on wards.

The Triplets and the Dragon of the Apple Tree
Presentation of the book written by Lambros Polykarpou and illustrated by Hambis Tsangaris. May 19. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 7.30pm. Tel: 70-002420

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