Nikos Dimou (Νίκος Δήμου)


He graduated from Athens College and studied French literature in Athens. From 1954 to 1960, he studied philosophy at the University of Munich in Germany. He published his first book in 1953.

In 1962, he started working in advertising as a copywriter. In 1965, he founded his own company. Other than trading commercials, the company created goodwill ads and public initiatives (e.g. I don't forget for Cyprus). In 1983, he withdrew from all business ventures in order to work full-time as a writer. In 1979, Dimou started writing columns for magazines, including Epikaira (Current Issues), 4 Trochoi (4 Wheels), Tetarto (Quarter) and Photographos (Photographer) and newspapers including To Vima, Kathimerini, and the Sunday editions of Eleftherotypia and Ethnos.

Dimou hosted his first talk show on Greek television in 1979, Μία Ταινία - Μία Συζήτηση (A Movie - A Discussion), and returned in 1987 with a show called Διάλογοι (Dialogues). He also ran Περιπέτειες Ιδεών (Adventures of Ideas) in 1991, and Μεγάλες Παρεξηγήσεις (Big Misunderstandings) in 1999. As for radio, he was part of the team that founded Athens 98.4 FM. Later, he had a show on the Third Programme of the ERA state radio. He has won two journalist awards (Abdi İpekçi Award and Botsis Award). In 1997, he became an honorary citizen of Ermoupoli, his mother's hometown. Dimou was awarded the Dimitris Mitropoulos award in 2000.

Dimou has published over 60 books, mostly light non-fiction, including On the Unhappiness of being Greek (Η δυστυχία του να είσαι Έλληνας), The New Greeks (Οι Νέοι Έλληνες), The Lost Social Class (Η Χαμένη Τάξη), Apology of an Anti-Hellene (Απολογία ενός Ανθέλληνα). He has done some hobby photographic work, published two photo albums and has had three photo exhibitions. For seven years he was a columnist in the Greek free press magazine LIFO and lately published in the site "".

His book "On the Unhappiness of being Greek" has been reprinted 32 times in Greece and has been published in many languages. These are German (publisher: Kunstmann), French (Payot), English (John Hunt - zero Books), Italian (Castelvecchi) and Spanish (Anagramma). Poems of his have been translated in Italian (Book of Cats as "La Gatta di Corfu"), Portuguese and Spanish. 2014 he also published a new book in Germany "The Germans are to blame for everything". (Die Deutschen sind an allem Schuld" (Kunstmann).

In politics, he failed to become elected in the European Parliament election in 2009 for the Greek party Drasi.

In March 2014 he became a member of the new Greek party "The River" ("Το Ποτάμι").He resigned one month later because of a difference of opinions on state-church relations.