Pantelis Prevelakis (1909- 1986)

Pantelis Prevelakis
Pantelis Prevelakis

Pantelis Prevelakis Pantelis Prevelakis is a great Cretan novelist. He was born in 1909 in Rethymno, Crete.
He finished high school in Rethymno and in 1926 he moved to Athens to study law and philosophy at the University of Athens. Upon the end of his studies he moved to Paris where he studied Literature and Art and Architecture in Sorbonne.

Once back in Greece, he became Doctor of Philosophy in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki but was not employed as a permanent professor because of his political believes: he supported Eleftherios Venizelos.

Prevelakis managed to be at the same time a successful poet, dramatist and writer. He loved literature and showed his talent even since he was young.
His first poem published was "Stratiotes" (Στρατιώτες), when he was 18 years old. It was about the Cretan soldiers who took part in the expedition in Minor Asia in 1919-1922. His next works were the drama "O Mimos" (Ο μίμος) and “To Hroniko mias Politias” (“The Tale of a Town”, 1938), which is a nostalgic depiction of Rethymno. He also wrote “Thanatos tou Medikou” (Θάνατος του Μεδίκου) – probably the only of his works which doesn't take place in Crete but in Florence in the Renaissance, the trilogy "The Cretan" and "Erimites ke aposinagogi” (Ερημίτες και αποσυνάγωγοι), which is about death as a personal choice.    
Prevelakis works include: 11 novels, 3 collected poems editions, the poem "Neos Erotokritos” (Νέος Ερωτόκριτος) and 9 dramas. During his residence in Paris he wrote essays and studies about Dominikos Theotokopoulos, Nikos Kazantzakis and an introduction to the history of art.

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