About the book Feather Star Publishing is proud to present the English edition of Costas Montis' much-loved novel Afentis Batistas. The novel was originally published in Greek in Athens, Greece, in 1980. In 1988 it was translated into German, and now it is finally available in English as well. The novel has autobiographical and historical elements. Costas Montis interweaves his grandmother's stories about her strange ancestor, afentis Batistas, with his own traumatic memories and experiences, portraying at the same time two interesting historical periods.
Afentis Batistas won the First Prize for Novel awarded by the National Society of Greek Writers of Cyprus. The prestigious journal World Literature Today included Afentis Batistas among the most noteworthy literary works published throughout the world in 1980.
About the author Nobel Prize nominee and Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens, Costas Montis (19142004) was born in Famagusta, Cyprus. Poet, novelist, playwright, Costas Montis is considered one of the greatest Greek writers of the 20th century, and his works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, and other languages. He received numerous honors and awards throughout his life. In 1980 he was awarded the title of Poet Laureate by the World Academy of Arts and Culture.
About the translator Stalo Monti-Pouagare is the daughter of Costas Montis. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Classical Philology and Archaeology, Computer Science, and Mathematics, a Master's degree in Classics, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She has held teaching and research positions at various universities in the United States. She is currently working on her father's archives.
Book details Softcover: 191 pages
Publisher: Feather Star Publishing (January 2006)
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Price: $18.00 (USD)