[English/UK] Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry by Karen Van Dyck [Editor]

Title: Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry [Goodreads]
Editor: Karen Van Dyck
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 04/2016
Translator: Karen Van Dyck
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Original title: Μέτρα λιτότητας [Goodreads]
Original publisher: Agra
Original date: 11/2017 (The book was originally published in the UK)
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Description
‘I remember caresses, kisses, touching
each other’s hair. We had no sense that
anything else existed’

– Elena Penga, ‘Heads’

‘Nothing, not even the drowning of a child
Stops the perpetual motion of the world’

– Stamatis Polenakis, ‘Elegy’

Since the crisis hit in 2008, Greece has played host to a cultural renaissance unlike anything seen in the country for over thirty years. Poems of startling depth and originality are being written by native Greeks, émigrés and migrants alike. They grapple with the personal and the political; with the small revelations of gardening and the viciousness of streetfights; with bodies, love, myth, migration and economic crisis.

In Austerity Measures, the very best of the writing to emerge from that creative ferment – much of it never before translated into English – is gathered for the first time. The result is a map to the complex territory of a still-evolving scene – and a unique window onto the lived experience of Greek society now.

There is also another English edition in the US by New York Review Books. Find more info

[Turkish] Barbie’nin Katli by Eleni Dafnidi

Title: Barbie’nin Katli [Goodreads]
Author: Eleni Dafnidi
Publisher: OPM Yayınevi
Published: 05/2016
Translator: Lale Alatlı
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Original title: Η εξολόθρευση της Μπάρμπι [Goodreads]
Original publisher: Psichogios
Original date: 11/2005
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Description
Güzellik başa bela, hele başkalarının güzelliği olunca. Daha bebekken sevginin yemek anlamına geldiğini öğrenen Thenia yirmi üç yaşında sahip olduğu yüz yirmi kiloyu azaltmakla korumak arasında bocalamaktadır. Acaba sıkı bir rejim onu Barbie’ye dönüştürüp fena halde abayı yaktığı erkek güzeline kavuşturmaya yetecek midir?

Pop kültürünün güzellik idealleri ile kendi olduğu gibi hali arasında mutsuz ama umutlu bir genç kızın hayatından eğlendirici ve düşündürücü bir kesit. Arka planda: üniversite çevresi, gece hayatı, eşcinsellerin eylemleri, reality show’ları ve gündelik dertleriyle tam günümüz değilse de, mali kriz öncesinin henüz keyifli Atinası.

[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.