Giannis Palavos was born in Velvento, Kozani in Greece in 1980. He studied Journalism at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and Arts Administration at the Panteion University in Athens. He is widely recognized as one of Greece’s best new writers. His short stories have won prizes from the British Council (2005) and Diavazo Magazine (2012) and most recently the Greek National Book Award (2014). His translations of Matthew Arnold, Ambrose Bierce, Ray Bradbury, Willa Cather, Guillevic, Miroslav Holub, Donald Justice, Bla?e Koneski, Edgar Lee Masters and Tobias Wolff have appeared in numerous Greek journals and web publications.
Midway through spring semester, at the end of March, Stavross father went to the hospital for tests. The results showed cancer of the liver luckily at an early stage. Stavros went back to his village for a month and a half. His mother spent nights at the hospital while he took care of their newspaper stand. When he returned to Thessaloniki, he found a stranger in his room.
- Three stories from Joke (Nefeli, 2012) by Giannis Palavos, translated from the Greek by Karen Van Dyck