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  • Menis Koumandareas was an acclaimed Greek writer. He attended classes in the Philosophy and Law schools of the University of Athens, as well as in a drama school, but he did not complete his studies in any of these fields. Instead, he worked for a while as a journalist, and then as a clerk in seafaring and insurance companies. From 1961 forward until the time of his death Koumandareas was active as a writer and a translator. His texts have been published in many Greek literary periodicals. He was awarded the State Prize for Short Story and for Novel. from 1982 to 1986 he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Greek National Opera. Koumandareas was found dead, a presumed murder victim, on 6 December 2014, in his apartment in Athens. He was 83.

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