Haris Vlavianos was born in Rome in 1957. He studied Economics and Philosophy at the University of Bristol (B.Sc) and Politics, History and International Relations (M.Phil, D.Phil) at the University of Oxford (Trinity College). His doctoral thesis entitled, Greece 1941-1949: From Resistance to Civil War, was published by Macmillan (1992) and was awarded the “Fafalios Foundation” Prize.
His autobiographical novel, Blood into Water: A Novel in Forty Five acts, was published three years ago to great critical acclaim and was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. It has been already translated into English (by Jacob Moe) and German (by Torsten Israel). His latest book, Hitler’s Secret Diary: Landsberg Prison November 1923 – December 1924, was published last year and has reviewed extensively and enthusiastically in the press and literary journals. It is a study of Hitler’s personality and the circumstances surrounding his imprisonment after the failed “Beer Hall Putsch” and the writing of Mein Kampf.
He is Professor of History and Politics at the American College of Greece. He has published numerous articles relating to issues of Modern Greek History and Culture [the “Metaxas Dictatorship”, the “Greek Resistance”, the “Fall of the Junta”, “Modern and Postmodern Currents in Greek Culture”]. He has also been teaching a Creative Writing Program for the last 15 years. He is a regular columnist for the newspaper “Vima”. For his contribution in promoting Italian literature and culture in Greece, the President of the Italian Republic bestowed upon him in February 2005 the title of “Cavaliere”, while the Dante Society of Italy awarded him the “Dante Prize” for his publications on the Divine Comedy.