I will always be an idealistic and unworthy lover Of endless journeys and the blue ocean and I will die one night, a night like any other without having crossed the misty horizon... From his poem Marabou
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Nikos Kavadias was born in a small town of Mantzouria, but his parents come from Kefalonia. His family returned to Kefalonia when he was fours years old, where they stayed till 1921. Then they left again, this time for Piraeus. In Piraeus he finished high school and was preparing for the Medical School. His father, unfortunately, got sick and he had to find a job. So, in 1929 he started working as an employee at his uncles tourist office. A few months later, baring no more the accounts in the thick accounting books , as he was saying, he left with a cargo ship as a sailor. For about ten years he worked in ships, making long trips and short returns. Once he wished to become a captain, but the years had passed. In 1939 he became a wireless operator. During the war he remained in Athens, having already fought at the Albanian fronts. He returned to the ships in 1944 as a wireless operator and he traveled all over the world. He landed on November 1974 and three months later, on 10th February 1975, he died of a stroke. Nikos Kavadias wrote his first poems when he was in the primary school. His heart was between the sea and the poetry. He left us his most beautiful compromise.
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