[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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‘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

[English] The Hour of the Phoenix by Jimmy Corinis

Title: The Hour of the Phoenix [Goodreads]
Author: Jimmy Corinis
Publisher: New Haven
Published: 03/2018
Translator: ?
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Original title: Η ώρα του φοίνικα [Goodreads]
Original publisher: Gavrielides
Original date: 06/2014
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A famous American cardiac surgeon and his dashing assistant invited to Greece for an operation of philanthropic character are trapped in the violent aftermath of a CIA-instigated military takeover and become the target of deadly attacks when, despite the curfew, they attempt to reach the hospital where their patient has become very ill. And when they volunteer to help in the treatment of the first casualties from clashes in the streets, he is arrested, interrogated and tortured, while she risks her own life in an effort to avoid blockades, reach the American embassy and ask for help.