Τάσος Λειβαδίτης (Tasos Leivaditis) (1922 – 1988) was born and raised in Athens, where he worked as a literary critic while also producing a rich poetic oeuvre that would win him both critical and popular renown in Greece. His involvement as a youth in leftist politics led to his internment for more than three years in various island prison camps. Soon after his release in 1951 he made his poetic debut, and he went on to publish over twenty volumes of poetry as well as a collection of short stories. The prose poems in this issue are taken from Leivaditis’s 1972 volume, Νυχτερινός επισκέπτης (“Night Visitor”), and specifically from a subsection entitled “Απ’ το ημερολόγιο ενός υπηρέτη” (“From the Diary of a Servant”), reflecting the dark years of military dictatorship in Greece (1967 – 1974).