About Athina

- Born in Patras in 1986
- Finished her Bachelor Degree in Greek Philology in 2009 (University of Patras), followed by a Master Degree in Language Studies in 2010 (Lancaster University, U.K.)
- Left her Ph.D. Degree after 5 years of study (University of Athens), for all the reasons of the world, grateful for the broad knowledge she gained throughout the process.
- Worked in the private sector as a creative writer, editor, and proofreader for 4 years (Athens, 2011-2015) but then, again, she changed her mind.

She reads and writes a lot. Really. In fact, that’s the only thing she has never stopped doing since she was a child.
Her personal literary efforts constitute a whole parallel universe where she experiments, transforms and transmutes whatever makes her feel provoked.
She always works in the energetic sphere of her eternal beloved, who accompanies her from life to life, from plane to plane, from one path to another.
But eventually, she had to overcome it and learn to live “without”.
Now she’ s free, she can wholeheartedly continue with her exploration.

“To begin with an A,
To finish with it,
With no circle having being made
But a whirlwind.”

Beauty lies in simplicity

Beauty lies in simplicity

A person breaking free from all kinds of bondages, a baby’s smile, a rain’s drop on our cheek, a magnificent sunset are common everyday experiences that leave traces of aesthetic pleasure on us, since time immemorial. It is not a matter of how many times we ‘ve experienced them, they continue surprising us with their beauty.

No ornaments, no exaggerations, no complexity at all are needed here. These traces of beauty are eternally meaningful because they are simple. It is through simplicity that beauty becomes tangible, affecting us deeply. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to grasp it with our senses, mind and soul. It would be a “non-sense”.

The same applies to writing, to a significant extent. Every detail, recursion, flash back, description, narration, character, act, monologue or dialogue, should be there serving a specific purpose to the plot, to the final outcome. And it should be depicted in the simplest way possible, so that the event at hand reveals all its inherent beauty to the reader.

That is, many complex and highly refined things are written every day. But not everything gives us a chance to look straight into the very essence of beauty itself, in a way that penetrates our soul. And this is where simplicity ultimately serves.


(The argument discussed in this paper is, to some extent, inspired from the seminar lectures “Read & Write” taught by author Aris Maragkopoulos. More information may be found here: www.arisgrandmangr.com)



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