Something Will Happen, You'll See

Product Number: EB00615743
Released: Mar 15, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780914671367
Publisher: Archipelago
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Ikonomou's stories convey the plight of those worst affected by the Greek economic crisis-laid-off workers, hungry children. In the urban sprawl between Athens and Piraeus, the narratives roam restlessly through the impoverished working-class quarters located off the tourist routes. Everyone is dreaming of escape: to the mountains, to an island or a palatial estate, into a Hans Christian Andersen story world. What are they fleeing? The old woes-gossip, watchful neighbors, the oppression and indifference of the rich-now made infinitely worse. In Ikonomou's concrete streets, the rain is always looming, the politicians' slogans are ignored, and the police remain a violent, threatening presence offstage. Yet even at the edge of destitution, his men and women act for themselves, trying to preserve what little solidarity remains in a deeply atomized society, and in one way or another finding their own voice. There is faith here, deep faith-though little or none in those who habitually ask for it. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author(s): Christos Ikonomou
Original Publish Date: Mar 15, 2016

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