Vassilis Alexakis is the author of Avant, Foreign Words, La Langue Maternelle, and Papa, all in French, and Talgo, which he wrote in Greek and later translated into French. He has also produced four films and a collection of drawings. He lives in Paris. Harlan R. Patton is a French-to-English translator. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina.
"Reading Alexakis gives the impression of being invited to a long dinner, sprinkled with raki, accompanied by a host of learned men and women." --Le Monde