Menis Koumantareas

Literary Writer
He was born in 1931 in Athens, Greece. In 1949, he graduated from Carolos Berzan Senior High School of Athens, and went on to study Law and Literature at the University of Athens. Then he worked for twenty years in shipping and insurance companies. In 1961 he started writing for the magazine "Tahydromos" and in 1962, he published of his collection of short stories entitled "Ta michanakia" (The Pin-ball Machines). During the dictatorship in Greece (1967-1974) he took part in the resistance issue "18 Texts" and was brought three times to trial for for indecent publications for his book "To Armenisma" (The Sail). In 1972 he was awarded the RAAD scholarship to study in Berlin. From 1982 he was occupied exclusively with book writing and literary translation Among others he translated Lewis Carol, Edgar Alan Poe, Ernst Hemingway, William Faukner and Francis Scot Fitzerald. He was honored with the State Prize for short story (To Armenisma, 1967) and the State Prize for novel (Viotechnia Yalikon [Glass Factory], 1976 and Dyo Fores Ellinas [Twice Greek] 2002). He is a founding member of the Hellenic Authors Society and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Greek National Opera from 1982 until 1986. His works have been translated into English, French and German. He was murdered on 6.12.2014.