OPINION

January 20, 1953

GREEK COMMUNIST: Montreal – The body of a communist of Greek origin, Constantis Stathopoulos, who was found dead in his room a few days ago, is being held at the city’s morgue. According to the coroner’s report, his death was due to natural causes. (…) The head of the Montreal police department for the investigation into communism believes that it will take a least a month’s work to decode the 18 notebooks found among the deceased communist’s possessions. (…) Over the past three years, Stathopoulos had worked from time to time for various Montreal confectioners. It was also known that he belonged to the now defunct Communist Union of Canadian Dockworkers (…). The Quebec leader of the Progressive Labor Party said: «The latest fabrication regarding machine guns, secret codes and dead Greeks, cooked up by the director of the Montreal police department for the investigation into communism is the most imaginative he has dreamt up so far. The Progressive Labor Party knows nothing about anyone going by the name of the person found dead in the room on Clark Street (…).» MYRIVILIS: (From a review of the work of Stratis Myrivilis by Emilios Hourmouzios): «Myrivilis brings the modern Greek short story genre into its adolescent phase. Myrivilis is the foremost writer of his generation. Others who came at the same time or later came nowhere near him. The others beg the reader to see them through to the end. Myrivilis grabs readers by the neck. (…)»