Iakovos Kambanellis

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Iakovos Kambanellis (alternative spelling Kampanellis) was a Greek poet, playwright, lyricist and novelist.

Kambanelis was born on December 2, 1922, on the island of Naxos. His family moved to Athens in 1934. In 1943, during the German occupation of Greece in World War II, he was arrested and sent to Mauthausen concentration camp. He was freed in May of 1945 by the allies.

In 1950 he presented his first theatrical play “Choros Pano sta Stachya” ("Dancing on the Hay"). In the five decades that followed he also wrote the plays “A Large Circus”, "The Seventh Day of Creation", “Neighbourhood of Angels”, "The Age of the Night", "A Fairytale without a Name" and many others. He also wrote the scenarios on several motion pictures including: “Stella”, directed by Michalis Kakoyiannis and “O Drakos” (The fiend), directed by Nikos Koundouros.

As a lyricist, Kambanellis worked with composer Mikis Theodorakis in "Mauthausen" and “Neighbourhood of Angels”; and with Manos Hadjidakis in "A Fairytale without a Name".

At various times he wrote for dailies "Ta Nea", "Anendotos" and "Eleftheria".

Kambanellis died on March 29, 2011, at the age of 88, from kidney failure complications.