Writer, politician Nikos Themelis, 64, dies

Award-winning novelist and political adviser Nikos Themelis died after a battle with cancer in Athens on Saturday. He was 64.

The writer of ?I Anatropi,? a novel that earned him the prestigious Diavazo award, also served as political adviser to former PASOK premier Costas Simitis in the 1996-2004 period.

?For those who knew him, Nikos Themelis was a paradigm of modesty and intellect,? President Karolos Papoulias said in a statement on Saturday. ?Those who knew him through his books, will sorely miss his inspired and penetrating gaze at people and all things human.?

Themelis was awarded with the Greek State Literature Prize in 2000.

His funeral will take place on Monday, at 5.30 p.m., at the Papagou Cemetary.