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30/11/2008
M. Karagatsis

Psyrras Thomas, Literature in Larissa (19th to 21st century), Draft, Larissa, 2008.

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M. Karagatsis (1908, Athens-1960, Athens) was the pseudonym of Dimitrios Rodopoulos. His father was a lawyer and a politician, with a Peloponnisian descent but he lived permanently in Larissa. His mother Anthi Mouloulis was from Tirnavos. The writer was that fifth and the youngest child of the family.

He graduated with the Diploma in Law Studies, from the University of Athens at 1930. His university colleagues were Nobelist poet Odysseas Elytis, writers Aggelos Terzakis and Giorgos Theotokas.

He made his debut at 1927 with the short story “Uncle Nitsa”. It was of a kind of autobiography inspired by his childhood and by his love for his, twenty years- old, teacher at the primary school of Larissa.
Up to 1933 he wrote only short stories. His first novel was the “Colonel Liapkin” and it is with that that he enters in his mature literary period. This novel is the most “Larissian” in comparison with others of him. It referred to the real story of the Russian liutenant Vasili Davidoff, who after the Russian Revolution he lived and worked in Averofios Agricultural College of Larissa.

Karagatsis' personal style is distinguished for his naturalistic narrativity, his liberal thinking, his fine sentimentality and his authentic, non-conformist, morality.

Karagatsis after his decision to move in Athens, he visited very often Larissa, where his sister remained. He kept contact with other men of arts and literature such as photographer, Takis Tloupas, sculptor Philolaos, lawyer Zaribas and others.

He wrote many novels, novelettes and short stories.
Karagatsis is one of the few modern Greek writers to be translated, (mainly in German, but also in English, Italian, French) and his most important works are:

* Uncle Nitsa (1929, short novel awarded by magazine Nea Estia)
* Colonel Liapkin (1933) (Ο Συνταγματάρχης Λιάπκιν)
* Junkerman (1939) (Γιούγκερμαν)
* The last days of Junkerman (1940) (Τα στερνά του Γιούγκερμαν)
* Lost island (1941) (Χαμένο Νησί)
* The ruler of Kastropyrgos (1944)(Ο Κοτζάμπασης του Καστρόπυργου)
* Great Sleep (1946) (Ο Μεγάλος Ύπνος)
* Bar Eldorado (Stage play, 1946)
* Blood lost and gained (1947) (Αίμα χαμένο και κερδισμένο)
* Carmen (Stage play, 1948)
* History of Greeks (nonfiction, 1952) (Η ιστορία των Ελλήνων)
* At God's Hands (1954)
* Death and Thodoros (1956) (Ο Θάνατος κι ο Θόδωρος)
* Yellow envelope (1957) (Ο Κίτρινος Φάκελος)
* Sergios and Vacchos (1959) (Σέργιος και Βάκχος)
* 10 (1960) (unfinished)