Toothpaste with Chlorophyll / Maritime Hot Baths

Stories by Elias Papadimitrakopoulos; Translated by John Taylor; Illustrated by Alekos Fassianos

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Elias Papadimitrakopoulos was born in Pyrgos, in 1930, the son of a well-known lawyer in the city. His father’s death in 1943, during the German occupation, caused the family’s financial ruin—and this period is often evoked in his stories, notably in Toothpaste with Chlorophyll and Maritime Hot Baths. Papadimitrakopoulos subsequently studied medicine at the Military Medical School of the University of Thessaloniki (1949–1955), specializing in pathology. He thereafter worked as a military doctor, serving in the Greek Army until his retirement in 1983. His first contributions to literary reviews began in the 1960s, notably with the appearance in 1962 of his first short story in the magazine Argo. During the same years, he began to publish—as a short-story writer, film critic, and literary critic—in other important magazines such as Tachidromos, Dialogos, Anti, Khartis, Kroniko, and To Tetarto. One of the most beloved and admired Greek short-story writers, Papadimitrakopoulos received the Petros Haris Foundation Prize from the Academy of Athens in 2010 and the National Literary Award in 2015. His collected short stories are now gathered in a six-volume set published by Gavriilidis. He lives in Athens and, during the summer, on the island of Paros.

LCCN:  2020938119
Published: September 15, 2020

Praise for Toothpaste with Chlorophyll /
Maritime Hot Baths

The microcosmos created by Papadimitrakopoulos’ prose exercises an irresistible charm on the reader … [A] virtuoso, a craftsman, a master of words …

Spyros Tsaknias, Greek Prose Since the Second World War

How is it that Papadimitrakopoulos’ texts are so clear, so luminous, so delicate? What is it that at the same time gives his prose its forceful personality, which has assured for his stories their special place in modern Greek literature?

Elisabet Kotzia, I Kathimerini

Papadimitrakopoulos’ style is of the same temperament as his themes. Limpid, classical, but then suddenly subversive, with a subtle touch of irony… Memory thus functions doubly in his prose…

Vangelis Hatzivasiliou, Avgi
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