Born in Kavala, Greece March 16, 1938
Died February 27, 2000
Greek: Γιώργος Χειμωνάς (French: Georges Cheimonas)
Giorgos Heimonas is widely recognized in Greece and abroad as a major force in post-modern Greek writing. While a few of his works have hitherto appeared translated into several European languages, the publication of the full range of his work in Robert Crist’s English translation is a pioneering event. Heimonas’s narratives are famous for their dynamic appeal – their amazing originality, unique style, psychological depth, and poetic power, as well as their impact on readers' feelings and challenge their interpretive capacity. Heimonas’s unique, emotionally-charged narratives reach full development in the major phase from Doctor Ineotis to The Builders. While his early and last writings (Pisistratus, My Journeys & The Enemy of the Poet) contain strong elements of realism, the major period turns to a new mode of language. The style of the texts is neither fiction or poetry in a traditional sense. It is a disrupted language with elements of dream and myth, the lyrical, the philosophical, and depth psychology. It is an original language in every sense of the word – a search for origins, for revisions and new beginnings. Above all, the writer inspires readers to discover renewed resources of insight and feeling in themselves, in literary art, and in in the larger world of human experience.
collected from the writings of George Heimonas