Andreas Karkavitsas

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Karkavitsas, Andreas


(also, A. Karkavitzas). Born in 1866 in Lekhaina; died Oct. 24, 1922, in Amarousion, near Athens. Greek writer.

In Karkavitsas’ short stories (first published, 1885; reissued in a collection, 1892) and novellas (for example, Ligeri, 1890), he idealized rural life and expressed an interest in folklore. In the novella The Beggar (1896; separate edition, 1897), he provided a relentlessly truthful portrayal of poverty and ignorance in the Greek countryside. A master of the modern Greek literary language, Karkavitsas made a significant contribution to the formation of realistic modern Greek prose at the turn of the 20th century.


Mirambel, A. La Littérature grecque moderne. Paris, 1953.
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