Yannis Maris

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Yannis Tsirimokos (1916–1979) was a Greek left-wing journalist, better known under the name Yannis Maris (Γιάννης Μαρής) as a writer of detective fiction.[1] From 1953, Maris wrote over forty short and well plotted novels that at the time were looked down on in Greece as pulp fiction, but have in later years come to be regarded as classics of the crime genre. Many of the novels feature Inspector Bekas (Αστυνόμος Μπέκας), the title figure of a contemporary Greek TV series.[2][3] Maris was noted for the humorous and coded names of his books' characters.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Man on the Train (1958)

Film adaptations[edit]

  • A Matter of Life and Death (Zitima Zois kai Thanatou, Vagelis Serdaris (1972).[5][6]


  1. ^ Petros Markaris, in an interview with Lambrini Kozeli, in the weekly «To Vima», April 6, 2011) “Maris is the patriarch of Greek crime fiction. If his extraordinary stories did not have the luck they deserved, it was because of historical circumstances. Maris wrote at the wrong time and in the wrong place, in a country that considered crime novel series a B genre. Yet no other writer of the time was able to describe with equal vigour Athenian high society after the war and the undergrowth of informers who became rich during the occupation and civil strife. If he had written, say, in French, now he would be famous around the world.”
  2. ^ Barry Forshaw Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, 2014 1843442469 \3The undisputed godfather of Greek crime writing was Yannis Maris (pseudonym of the leftwing journalist Yannis Tsirimokos,1916–79) who was the author of The Man on the Train (1958). Startingin 1953, he wrote over forty short and well plotted ....."
  3. ^ Yannis Maris Quatuor: Nouvelles policières grecques 2296181058 2007 Sous le pseudonyme de Yannis Maris, le journaliste grec Yannis Tsirimokos (décédé en 1979) a écrit, entre les années 1960 et 1970, des romans policiers, qui constituent autant de romans d'atmosphère.
  4. ^ Michael Herzfeld Anthropology Through the Looking-Glass 1989 0521389089 "The ironic use of Frangopanaya ("European Virgin Mary"), contemptuously bracketed with a katharevousa phrase meaning "Madame Do-not-touch-me" by a villainous character in one of Yannis Maris's bourgeois detective novels (n.d.: 129), "
  5. ^ Vrasidas Karalis A History of Greek Cinema 2012 1441135006 - Page 157 "Vagelis Serdaris' A Matter of Life and Death (Zitima Zois kai Thanatou, 1972) was an absorbing thriller, based on a detective novel by Yannis Maris, which despite its non-political character, was distinct for its artistic mise-en-scène and pacy ...
  6. ^ Peter Cowie International Film Guide 1973 - Page 208 Script: Yannis Maris. Din Marios Retsilas. Phot (colour): Dimitris Papakonstantis. Players: Christos Politis, Katia Dandoulaki, Stefanos Stratigos, Yannis Katranis. For James Paris. Distributed by Finos Films. An old-style suspense melodrama ...