10 Facts About Alexandros Papadiamantis


Alexandros Papadiamantis was an influential Greek novelist, short-story writer and poet.

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Alexandros Papadiamantis was born in Greece, on the island of Skiathos, in the western part of the Aegean Sea.

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Alexandros Papadiamantis moved to Athens as a young man to complete his high school studies, and enrolled at the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens, but never completed his studies.

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Alexandros Papadiamantis returned to his native island in later life, and died there.

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Alexandros Papadiamantis supported himself by writing throughout his adult life, anything from journalism and short stories to several serialized novels.

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Alexandros Papadiamantis did not care for money, and would often ask for lower fees if he thought they were unfairly high; furthermore he spent his money carelessly and took no care of his clothing and appearance.

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Alexandros Papadiamantis never married, and was known to be a recluse, whose only true cares were observing and writing about the life of the poor, and chanting at church: he was referred to as "kosmokalogeros" .

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Alexandros Papadiamantis's kills three young girls in succession by throwing them into wells and then pretending to be trying to save them in order to justify her presence there.

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Alexandros Papadiamantis's flees arrest and tries to hide in the wilderness, but drowns in the sea while trying to escape two policemen on her trail; as Papadiamantis puts it, she meets "death half-way between divine and human justice".

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Alexandros Papadiamantis's work is seminal in Modern Greek literature: he is for Greek prose what Dionysios Solomos is for poetry.

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