This collection assembles sixteen of Maria Mitsora's short stories in what adds up to be a retrospective of the author's work, spanning forty years. Moving across the urban netherworld of Athens to imagined Latin American towns and science-fiction dystopias, Mitsora animates the alternatingly dark and revelatory aspects of the human psyche, depicting a world in which her protagonists are caught between reality and myth, predestination and chance, rationality and twisted dreams. Mitsora led a generation of writers whose work articulated major transitions in the Greek literary scene, from 1970s historical and political sensibilities shaped in response to the military Junta to a contemporary focus on a fragmented, multicultural world. Her consistent experimentation with the short story form-a dominant genre in Greek prose writing since the nineteenth century-ranges from psychologically dark, surrealist work to more recent reflective and poetic writings.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 402 g
Dimensions: 203 x 125 x 14 mm
"Words have froth, on which we all sail; the ghost of an old friend returns to caress a stray dog; streets are strewn with flowers and razors. Welcome to Maria Mitsora's weird world: her effective metonymies, her passionate allegories, her moving realist turns. One of the best stylists of Greece's underground scene, Mitsora is introduced to the English-speaking public in an excellent translation by Jacob Moe, who treats her work with the diligence of a true fan. Her stories demand this - they win you over quickly, but need your full attention if they are to stay with you."-Dimitris Papanikolaou, Associate Professor of Modern Greek Studies, University of Oxford
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