Chrysa Spyropoulou was born in 1957. She studied Ancient Greek and Latin at the Ionnina University and English Literature at the Athena University. She went on to obtain her doctorate degree at the Ionnina University. Spyropoulou writes detective stories and has also published stories for magazines, newspapers and radio stations. She also writes reviews and essays on books for daily newspapers (I Kathimerini, Eleftherotypia, TA NEA) and has written in the “Mysterious Library” column of the TA NEA newspaper. The author not only participates in many Literary Festivals and Conferences both nationally and internationally but has also published many Turkish Author book reviews in the Kathimerini Newspaper. The author also has her own column in the Ta Poitika Literary Magazine (on poetry).
Ms Spyropoulou translated Patricia Higsmith’s Carol novel and Catherine Mansfield’s Aloe novel. She also edited the Dekata (12. edition, 2008 winter) and in the magazine of the same name she edited an ode to Danish literature (23. edition,2010, August).
Simultaneously she wrote crime novels and essays. Ms Spyropoulou, wrote the preface to a book entitled Everyday Stories of Istanbul by author Deniz Kavukçuoğlu (Iason Books, 2011). She was also included in the prize committee of both the Literary Translation State Prize (Culture Municipality 2008-2010) and The Athens Prize of Literature.
Ms Spyropoulouss last story, named Murder at Galata, narrates a mysterious event that happened in Turkey. This was then translated into Turkish by Thanos Zaragali. One of her first teenage romance novels takes place in Ordu Giresun and Karadeniz and the sequel, containing the same characters along with their dog, takes place in Istanbul. The novels names are: Searching for the golden Fleece and The Mystery of Istanbul. She has written critical reviews on Turkish authors novels such as; Ahmet Ümit, Orhan Pamuk, Sait Faik Abasıyanık, Sabahattin Ali and Ömer. In the winter of 2018, she held a meeting at O Politis Bookstore entitled “Do you think you know everything about Turkish Literature?” to which she had invited both modern and classical Turkish authors. Aside from the above-mentioned authors, many Turkish authors including Yaşar Kemal were present at this meeting and were able to introduce themselves to Greek literary enthusiasts. Chrysa Spyropoulou teaches Literature classes at the Metaixmio Publishing house Culture Centre as well as teaching a class on creative writing for detective novels. She speaks English, French and beginners level Turkish.
The Authors Work:
The ancient Greek world through Zoe’s Karelly poetry, (Essay, ASE, Salonica, 1988)
Readings, (Collection of Essays, Prosperos, Athena 1992)
Reflections, (Short Stories, Prosperos, Athena 1994)
Fog over the lake, (Detective Novel Odos Panos, Athena 1998)
Masks under shadow, (Psychological Thriller, Angyra, Athena 2000)
An innocent game, (Detective Novel, Angyra, Athena 2004)
The secret of the lake, (A dedective story for teenagers, Kedros, Athena 2008)
Eco-crimes, (Editor and Author, Kedros, Athena 2008)
The mystery of Aegina island, (A dedective story for teenagers, Kedros, Athena 2010)
The absence of love, (Editor and Author, Modern Times/Lyra books, Athena 2011)
The Greek Imaginary (Story, editor Makis Panorios, Volume 6, Aiolos, Athena 2012)