On Art and Aesthetics

Archipelago Books: “A not-for-profit publisher dedicated to promoting cross-cultural exchange through international literature in translation.”

A few years ago I came across a documentary on the Greek Debt Crisis in which a middle-aged woman was crying before the camera in desperation, saying something like…Can you see this place? It’s here that Western civilisation began and now children have no food to eat.

Something Will Happen, You’ll See by Christos Ikonomou translated by Karen Emmerich (2016, Archipelago Books)

The crisis has been covered extensively, analysed from cold political and economic perspectives but I’m not sure if the full human impact of it has reached the masses. A collection of short stories titled Something Will Happen, You’ll See—first released in 2010 in Greece—published last year by Brooklyn-based Archipelago Books (@archipelagobks@archipelagobooks) provides an unforgettable insight into the chaos and suffering. It won Greece’s prestigious Best Short-Story Collection State Award and became…

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