Monday, March 4, 2024

Autobiography of Alexandros Papadiamantis

The short autobiography that the prose writer Alexandros Papadiamantis made for himself at the request of Giannis Vlachogiannis states the following:

I was born in Skiathos on March 4, 1851. I left the Greek School in 1863, but only in 1867 I was sent to the Halkidos High School, where I attended the 1st and 2nd years. The 3rd I studied in Piraeus, then I stopped my studies and stayed in my homeland. In July 1872, I went to the Holy Mountain for a pilgrimage, where I stayed for a few months. In 1873 I came to Athens and studied at Varvakeio for the 4th year. In 1874 I enrolled in the Philosophical School, where I took a few philological courses by choice, but I personally studied foreign languages.

When I was young, I painted Saints, I used to write verses, and I tried to write comedies. In 1868 I attempted to write a novel. In 1879, my work "The Emigrant" was published in "Neologos" of Constantinople. In 1881 a religious poem was published in the magazine "Sotira". In 1882, "The Merchants of Nations" was published in "Mi Chanesai". Later I wrote about a hundred short stories, published in various magazines and newspapers. A.P.
Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.