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Greece Short Stories

Something Will Happen, You'll See

Christos Ikonomou

Greece Short Stories

Something Will Happen, You'll See

Christos Ikonomou

Author

Christos Ikonomou (1970) is a short prose writer. To date, he has published four collections of short stories. For his work Something Will Happen, You'll See (2010), he received the prestigious Best Short-Story Collection State Award. His stories have been translated into seven languages. He writes about marginalised individuals, everyone, losers, exhausted proletarians, who are abundant in Greece after the economic crisis.

Overview

An elegy for the tired, lawless working-class neighbourhoods of Piraeus, the largest port south of Athens. The stories are filled with fired metalworkers, warehousemen, families, pensioners, and young couples trapped between piers, miserable sublet apartments and city streets, who resist discouragement with infinite hope and faith in humanity. Ikonomou’s stories are shocking and far too true tales of the Greek crisis.

Praise

Finally, there’s a book that drags the Greek reader out of the satiate petty bourgeois frame or the lifestyle craze and throws him deep into the working class slums.

Ta Nea

He brought to the surface the struggling and the unfulfilled dreams of today’s poor people living in Piraeus, emerging the beauty and the dignity of its people. One of the most powerful books of the year that’s been read and admired.

Eleftherotypia

Without any drama, simply with great lyricism he describes the darkness of their life (poor people’s), sometimes with humor, with vivid dialogues and lyrical pictures.

Kathimerini