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Apostolis Spilios

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

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Apostolis Spilios (1909-1976) was the pseudonym of the writer and intellectual Apostolis Koltsidopoulos. He was a characteristic figure of a Larissian bourgeois who was participated in the Communist Party of Greece. He was also contemned for his democratic beliefs by dictatorship of Pagalos. He wrote in various journals like the “Pedagogical issues for Young People”, “The Innovators”. In the last journal, he wrote with the pseudonym Apostolis Iskras. An interesting poem he wrote was “The Revolution”.

During the second decade of the years between two World Wars, he invited many literary figures in his house, and he thus organized a salon of letters and arts.

He was influenced by the modernity of his time and he wrote many lyrical poems with the pseudonym A. Roes. During foreign occupation between 1942 -1943, he was the editor of the illegal newspaper of EAM “The Truth” that is being published in his own house. Kostas Karagiorges put him between the editorial members of newspapers “Rigas” and “Red Flag”. After November of 1944 he writes for the newspaper “Rizospastis”. After the greek civil wars he lives in a political exclusion and he came back to Greece in 1964. During the dictatorship of 1967, he is exiled for two years in the island of Leros. He died February 1976.

His work was literary and journalese.
His various styles included ethographic, lyrical, theatrical works as well as novels and novelettes.

The novel “In the turn of the road” is naturalistic, inspired of the actions of heroes of National Resistance Unity against invaders of the Second World War. His second novel, that it was written before the Second World War, is one of the most representatives for the local history of Larissa of that period. And it is expected to be published in the near future.

His works have been published and they are available in Greek language.