Dimitris Hatzis (1913-1981) was a great 20th century novelist, a reserved "recorder" of the hardship and resentment of the Greek people. His work is defined by sensitivity and humanistic realism. In "The end of our small town" (1953-1963), he described the economic and social changes in 1930s Greece, the requiem of a primitive and crumbling world. He was a follower of Papadiamantis' writing style, and he skillfully made use of poetry and lyricism in his work. During the Metapolitefsi (post-dictatorship) years, he searched for the identity of a New Hellenism, in a renewed Enlightenment removed from populism and archaeolatry.