ATHENS – Noted Greek writer and anti-junta activist, Menis Koumandareas, 83, was found murdered in his home on the morning of Dec. 6 in the neighborhood of Kypseli.
The 83-year-old writer lived alone. His body was discovered by a nephew who became concerned for his well-being after being unable to contact his uncle, media reports said.
His body bore evidence of violence, including contusions to his face. Police said there were no signs of forced entry in the home, though it appeared that a search had been conducted in some of the rooms.
An autopsy is expected to reveal the exact cause of death on Dec. 8.
Koumandareas won many honors for his writing, including the National Writing Award for The Glass Factory in 1976 and for Twice a Greek in 2002, and saw his work featured at the 2001 Frankfurt Book Fair.
He was also a translator and one of the founding members of the Greek Authors’ Society.