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Something Will Happen, You'll See
Author: Christos Ikonomou

ISBN: 9780914671350
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 15 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 15.2 x 2.0
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. Christos Ikonomou was born in Athens in 1970. He has published two collections of short stories, The Woman on the Rails (2003), and Something w...

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