Costas Montis (1914-2004), Nobel Prize nominee and Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens, was born in Cyprus. Poet, novelist, and playwright, he is considered one of the greatest Greek writers of the 20th century, and his works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian Dutch, Sweedish, Russian, and other languages. In 1980 he was awarded the title of Poet Laureate by the World Academy of Arts and Culture. Afentis Batistas, winner of the First Prize for Novel awarded by the National Society of Greek Writers of Cyprus, is a novel with autobiographical and historical elements. The author interweaves his grandmother’s stories about her ancestor, Afentis Batistas, with his own traumatic personal experiences and memories, portraying at the same time two very interesting historical periods. World Literature Today has included Afentis Batistas among the most noteworthy literary works published through-out the world in 1980.