Greek Poet and Novelist Manos Eleftheriou Dies at 80

Manos Eleftheriou, one of the greatest Greek poets, novelists and songwriters of recent decades died in Athens on Sunday. He was 80.

He was born in Syros and has published many novels, collections of poetry, prose volumes, albums and four volumes of The Theatre in Ermoupoli the 20th Century, 1901-1921, and the anthology, Ermoupoli, A City in Literature (Metaichmio, 2004), and Black Eyes: Markos Vamvakaris and Syros Society, the years 1905-1920 (Metaichmio, 2013).

He was awarded with the State Prize for Fiction 2005 for The Time of Chrysanthemum (Metaichmio, 2004).

As a songwriter, he has created about 400 songs and collaborated with almost all Greek composers.

Metaichmio Publications released many novels from Eleftheriou, including The Woman Who Died Twice (2006), Man in the Well ( 2008 ) , and the collection of short stories, The Melancholy of Homeland After Eight o’Clock (2007).

In the fall of 2010, they released the poetry collection “The Imaginary Wolf” and theatrical monologue “The Old Dancer.”

A centralized version of lyrics titled “The Words and Years, 1963-2013, The Songs,” was released in 2013. The lyrics of Eleftheriou’s songs were composed by important older and young composers and were performed by popular singers.

In 2013 he was honored by the Academy of Athens for his important artistic contribution.