NICOSIA - The day after the death of acclaimed artist, historian and author Niki Marangou in a car accident in Cairo, the government on Friday was making arrangements to repatriate her body.
Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis who paid a tribute to the 65-year-old intellectual also told state radio that the deputy foreign minister of Egypt had contacted her on this tragedy.
Marangou was in Egypt for a seminar and was on her way to an excursion when the car she was in and driven by an Egyptian got a flat tire 100km from Cairo. The driver, an American and a German national who were in the car also died. And another passenger is in critical condition.
Marangou was born in Limassol and Studied sociology in West Berlin from 1965-70.
She worked for ten years as dramaturg at the State Theatre of Cyprus. From 1980-2007 she run KOCHLIAS bookshop in Nicosia.
She has published books of prose, poetry and children’s fairy tales and won state prizes for her literary work. In 1998 she won in the Cavafy prize for poetry in Alexandria. In 2004 her poem “Roses” was chosen to be hung in waiting rooms in NHS Hospitals in the UK. In 2006 she received the Athens Academy poetry award