Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851-1911) is the foremost Modern Greek writer; his caliber extended beyond Greek borders. He started by writing historical novels, and quickly he switched to realistic narration with expressive and lyrical, almost poetic, undertones! His unique use of language, the concealed eroticism, and the narrative ability are all components of the "magic" that infiltrates his work and the reason for his controversial acceptance in the Greek academic environment.
His "religiousness" contributed to the literary preservation of the orthodox traditions and customs of the lower classes both in his native Skiathos and in the humble neighborhoods of Athens, the quarters of the poor, the destitute, the distraught. With the enigmatic "Fonissa" (Murderer), he gave a literary as well as a psychological perspective to the study of human evil.