Manos Eleutheriou

Manos Eleftheriou (Greek: Μάνος Ελευθερίου; 12 March 1938 – 22 July 2018), was a Greek poet, lyricist and prose writer. He had written poetry collections, short stories, a novella, two novels and more than 400 songs. At the same time he worked as a columnist, publishing editor, illustrator and radio producer.[1]

Manos Eleftheriou
Μάνος Ελευθερίου
Μάνος Ελευθερίου.jpg
Eleftheriou in 2008
Born(1938-03-12)12 March 1938
Died22 July 2018(2018-07-22) (aged 80)
Alma materNational Theatre of Greece Drama School


He was born and raised in Ermoupolis of Syros. His father was a seaman. At the age of 14 he moved with his family from Syros to Athens and for the first seven years he lived in Chalandri. In 1960 they moved to Neo Psychiko.[2] In 1955 he met Angelos Terzakis, who encouraged him to attend classes at the Drama School of the National Theater as a listener. In 1956 he was written in the theater department of the Stavrakos School [el] with professors Christos Vachliotis, Giorgos Theodosiadis and Grigoris Grigoriou. In 1960 in Ioannina, where he was to perform his military service, he began to write songs and poems.[3]



In 1962, at the age of 24, he published his first poetic collection, entitled Sinoikismos, with his own money but did not have the expected success. At the same time in Ioannina wrote the first lyrics, among them "The train leaves at 8:00", which Mikis Theodorakis later toured.

In October 1963 he began working at Reader's Digest where he stayed for the next sixteen years. In the meantime, they released their first two short stories, The Directorate (1964) and The Massacre (1965), for which excellent reviews were written.


In 1964 he appeared in Greek discography. He collaborated with composer Christos Leonti and Mikis Theodorakis (1967), with whom the collaboration was interrupted due to the Dictatorship. These songs were first released in Paris in 1970.

He also collaborated with Dimos Moutsis and with Yannis Markopoulos on the album Theta, whose recording started in November 1973, interrupted by the events of the Polytechnic and eventually released in 1974 with the Metropolitan.

He collaborated with almost all Greek composers, such as composer Stavros Kouyioumtzis and singer George Dalaras, as well as Thanasis Gaifillias at The Endless Excursion (1975), Manos Hatzidakis, Giannis Spanos, Giorgos Zampetas, Stamatis Kraounakis, Loukianos Kilaidonis, Giorgos Hatzinasios, Antonis Vardis and others.

At the same time, he wrote and illustrated children's fairy tales, while editing the albums on Syros: Symphony, Drama in Ermoupolis and others. In the 1990s he wrote and made radio shows in Athens 98.4 FM and in the Second Programme (ERT).[4]

In 1994 he released his first novel entitled The Touch of Time. In 2004 he published his first novel, The Chrysanthemum Time, which was honored with the State Prize for Literature in 2005.[5] In 2013 Manos Eleutherios was awarded for his total contribution by the Academy of Athens[6]

He died on 22 July 2018.[7][8]


  • (2005) State Prize for Literature for his novel "The Time of the Chrysanthemums".
  • (2013) Kostas and Eleni Uranis Foundation Award for the whole of his work, Academy of Athens.