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Costas Montis

Biography

Costas Montis was born in Famagusta in 1914. His father was a government employee. Both his parents and two of his brothers died when he was still a child. He studied law at the University of Athens but was unable to work in Cyprus as the British authorities did not recognise a Greek law degree. He got a job with a mining company where he was soon promoted to supervisor. When the mines closed during the war, he worked as an accountant and then as a journalist. He continued to work as a journalist till Cyprus became independent, when he became head of tourism, a post he held till his retirement. He is best remembered as a poet but also wrote stories, a novel and plays. He died in 2004.

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Costas Montis
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An Excerpt from Closed Doors by Costas Montis

Bibliography

Only books translated into English

1958 Στιγμές (Moments)
1964 Κλειστές πόρτες (Closed Doors)
1965 Γράμμα στη μητέρα και άλλοι στίχοι (Letter To Mother and Other Verses)
1980 Ο αφέντης Μπατίστας και τ’ άλλα (Afentis Batistas)