What to Read Now: Greece
Bringing together crime fiction, memoir, and historical travelogue, poet and essayist Adrianne Kalfopoulou's genre-crossing recommendations portray Greece in all its modern-day complexity.
Che Committed Suicide
Che Committed Suicide (2010), the latest English translation in Petros Markaris's crime-novel series—featuring the lapsed right-wing police investigator Costas Haritos, who has a penchant for eating stuffed peppers and browsing the dictionary—captures the gritty urban interstices of modern-day Athens like no other contemporary Greek author. Other titles include Zone Defence and Deadline in Athens. In Markaris's words, the crime novel is most adept at describing "what we are seeing in Greece today, which is financial crime."
On a Voiceless Shore: Byron in Greece
On a Voiceless Shore (1998) is an evocative historical travelogue that follows Byron from his time in northern Greece and the Ionian islands, through his struggles and support of the Greek cause for independence, to his death in Messolonghi. The book is a striking combination of Greek history, biography, and Minta's many insights as he travels in the English poet's footsteps; the narrative is an uncannily timely look at the often messy interweaving of nationalistic ideologies and the confounded impasses between cultural assumptions and their realities.
Facing Athens (2004) is George Sarrinikolaou's elegant memoir of the expatriate journalist's return to his native Athens after two decades in the United States. Sarrinikolaou's account vividly describes the complexities of a city preparing for the 2004 Olympics as its ageless past is interwoven with a present of street protests, xenophobia, and resonant personal vignettes.
A special section devoted to International Literary Journalism headlines the March 2012 issue of WLT, including a fascinating interview with Anthony Shadid.
Table of Contents
International Literary Journalism
- ESSAY: "International Literary Journalism in Three Dimensions," Norman Sims
- INTERVIEW: "Impartiality Has Nothing to Do with Neutrality: A Conversation with Ervin Hladnik Milharčič," Leonora Flis
- ESSAY: "The Order of the Blind Camel," Maria Golia
- ESSAY: "Female Narrative Journalism in Contemporary Ukraine," Mariya Tytarenko
- INTERVIEW: "Reclaiming What Was Lost: A Conversation with Anthony Shadid," Matt Carney
- ESSAY: "Telling Stories in Contemporary Spain: A Survey of Women Writing Literary Journalism," Novia Pagone
- ARTICLE: "In Search of a Man for Friendship and Possibly More," Empar Moliner
- ARTICLE: "The Pest," Rosa Montero
- ESSAY: "Searching for Truth: Arnon Grunberg's Literary Journalism," Agnes Andeweg
- ESSAY: "Buenos Aires, the Suburbs, and the Pampas," Pablo Calvi
- ESSAY: "Negotiating Nationhood through the Ethnography of “Literary Series” in Nigerian National Newspapers," James Tar Tsaaior
- "Marathons of Memory, Marathons of Life," Roger Robinson
- "Dark Side of the Manga: Tezuka Osamu's Dark Period," Rob Vollmar
- "Not Their Masters' Voice: Latin American Nonfiction," Will H. Corral
- "Filling the Unforgiving Minute: The Literature of Running," Roger Robinson
- Two Poems, Angélica Freitas
- Three Poems, Jacek Gutorow
IN EVERY ISSUE
- LETTERS/EDITOR'S CHOICE
- WHAT TO READ NOW: Greece
- CITY PROFILE: Havana, Cuba
- INTERNATIONAL CRIME & MYSTERY: "Credibility and Popularity in the Historical Mystery," J. Madison Davis
- OUTPOST: Paris, France