[English] Something Will Happen, You’ll See by Christos Ikonomou

Title: Something Will Happen, You’ll See [Goodreads]
Author: Christos Ikonomou
Publisher: Archipelago Books
Published: 03/2016
Translator: Karen Emmerich
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Original title: Κάτι θα γίνει, θα δεις [Goodreads]
Original publisher: Polis
Original date: 12/2012
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Description
Something Will Happen, You’ll See is a heart-wrenching elegy on the impoverished working-class Greeks populating the neighborhoods around Piraeus, the large port southwest of Athens. Ikonomou’s luminous and poignant short stories center around laid-off steelworkers, warehousemen, families, pensioners, and young couples faced with sudden loss and turmoil. Between docks, in tenement buildings, and on city streets Ikonomou’s men and women sustain their traumas on flickers of hope in the darkness and on their deep faith in humanity. An illuminating examination of the human condition, Ikonomou’s award-winning book has become the literary emblem of the Greek crisis; stories so real, humane, and haunting that they will stay with the reader long after the final page.

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