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Vassilis VASSILIKOS, author, was born in Kavala, in 1934.
Law school, University of Thessaloniki (1952-56).
Drama School at the Yale University.
S.R.T. School of Radio Television, New York, 1959-1960.
Vassilikos is the most prolific Greek novelist of his time, amassing a volume of work over 100 books long.
His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Writer, since 1952, scenario writer, documentary film maker.
He has been a journalist at two of the most prestigious daily newspapers of Athens since 1962.
Deputy General Director of the Greek National Television (ERT) in charge of the Programme from 1981 to 1985.
In 1994 he was elected Counsillor in the Community Council of the city of Athens, position he held for two years.
Since 1994, he has been presenting in ERT the literary programme "Axion Esti", inspired by the Bernard Pivot's "Apostrophes", in the French T.V.
Permanent Representative of Greece at UNESCO since September 1996.
He has worded for the Pacifist Movement throughout his life.
He has served as Vice President of the branch of that movement in Greece (1963-1967).
He is member in several Non-governmental Organisations of his country who work for peace promotion, the Democracy and the Human Rights.
Writer of more than 94 books (novels, short stories, essays, poetry, theater, plays).
Most of them translated into English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Swedish e.t.c.
His political novel "Z" which made him a world famous writer, was translated in 32 languages.
This book which characterizes the Greek Political Life of the "Sixties" was made a film by Costas Gavras featuring Yves Montand and Jean Louis Trentignant, winning the jury prize at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.
In 1962, his literary work was rewarded by gaining the literary prize called "The Twelve" (equivalent to the French "Prix Concours").
Vassilis Vassilikos "is a cosmopolitan master deserving of promotion to world fame" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).