Το καλό θα 'ρθει από τη θάλασσα

Το καλό θα 'ρθει από τη θάλασσα[Reading] ➿ Το καλό θα 'ρθει από τη θάλασσα By Christos Ikonomou – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Χάσαμε τις δουλειές μας χάσαμε τα σπίτια μας χάσαμε τη ζωή μας γιατί να μη χάσουμε και τη μνήμη μας; Γιατί; Για Χάσαμε τις δουλειές μας χάσαμε θα 'ρθει PDF/EPUB ë τα σπίτια μας χάσαμε τη ζωή μας γιατί να μη χάσουμε και τη μνήμη μας; Γιατί; Γιατί μας πήραν όλα Το καλό PDF/EPUB ² τ' άλλα και μας άφησαν τη μνήμη; Γιατί δεν την άρπαξαν κι αυτή;Το Καλό θα 'ρθει από τη θάλασσα είναι το πρώτο μέρος μιας τριλογίας διηγημάτων καλό θα 'ρθει ePUB ☆ για τους εμφύλιους που διεξάγονται σ' ένα νησί του Αιγαίου Η Άρτεμη και ο Σταύρος που πετάνε χαρταετό τον Ιούλιο πάνω στα αποκαΐδια ενός καμένου ονείρου καλό θα 'ρθει από τη MOBI :¼ ο Χρόνης στο καρότσι που πολεμάει με ζωντανούς και αναστημένους εφιάλτες ο Τάσος που χάνεται χορεύοντας έξω από μια σπηλιά ο Λάζαρος το Τόξο που το στόμα του αγαπάει το όνομα του γιου του τα πρόσωπα που πρωταγωνιστούν είναι εσωτερικοί μετανάστες άνθρωποι δηλαδή που τα τελευταία χρόνια εγκατέλειψαν αναγκαστικά την Αθήνα ή άλλες μεγάλες πόλεις και εγκαταστάθηκαν στο νησί παλεύοντας να σταθούν ξανά όρθιοι να ξεφύγουν από ένα παρελθόν που αλλάζει διαρκώς και ένα μέλλον που μοιάζει αδιέξοδο για όλους Στην προσπάθειά τους αυτή θα βρεθούν αντιμέτωποι με τους ντόπιους κατοίκους αφιλόξενους απέναντι στους ξενομπάτες θα θέσουν σε δοκιμασία τις μεταξύ τους σχέσεις θα αναμετρηθούν με τα φαντάσματα του χθες αλλά και με τον φόβο και την αγωνία για το αύριο Άνθρωποι σαν κομμένες γέφυρες που αγωνίζονται να φτιάξουν από την αρχή τον εαυτό τους τη ζωή τους μια νέα χώρα μια νέα πίστη έναν καινούργιο κόσμο Γιατί η αρχή δεν είναι ποτέ πίσω μας Η αρχή είναι πάντα μπροστά μας Από την παρουσίαση στο οπισθόφυλλο του βιβλίου. An angry indictment of the misery suffered by Greece during the financial crisis written with literary flair and an underlying enjoyment of the majesty of the Mediterranean landscape and mythical heritageI have memories of Spain’s downfall during the same period Life often seemed grim and hopeless When you met people they wouldn’t ask you if you were considering leaving but when But whenever we felt too sorry for ourselves we looked at Greece and were thankful not to be them This book perfectly captures that sense of rootlessness and despair albeit with a set of issues I know nothing about – the lives of city transplants on the Greek islands The writing and translation here were both excellent I have a couple of niggles the stories were slightly opaue than I personally enjoy or find necessary though I did like the circular digressive form of the telling and women characters weren’t very plentiful or very well developed Still I like Ikonomou’s style a lot I liked his male characters and I really enjoyed the manifest anger in this book; certainly it was a situation that merited a lot of anger Set on a Greek island these stories depict lives struggling against organized crime wide spread violence and corruption hopelessness and loss characters fighting to survive with some shred their dignity intact These are stories of people suspended between being cut down and allowed to stand tall These were powerful stories of powerlessness These were not easy to read not simply because of the pain they held but also because of the rambling circular way they were told As in an Something Will Happen You'll See his earlier collection of linked stories Ikonomou examines the effect of the world order on the citizens of Greece The earlier collection focussed on cities and urban situations But here he proves that inhabitants of unheralded islands are not exempt Because of its unspoiled as yet untouristed nature the unnamed island has become a target for unscrupulous investors who don't care that those already in residence have been self sustaining for millenia Farmers are going out of business by the importation of tomatoes and onions from elsewhere and as one points out Sometimes I think we lost our jobs our homes our lives – why can’t we lose our memory too? Why did they take everything else but leave us our memory Becoming poor isn’t what breaks you What breaks you is remembering you didn’t used to be poor Much of the monologue is interior but the overall tenor is bleak shattering Sometimes I think we lost our jobs our homes our lives why can't we lose our memory too? Why? Why did they take everything else but leave us our memory? Why couldn't they take that too while they were at it? Becoming poor isn’t what breaks you What breaks you is remembering that you didn’t use to be poor That's what breaks you Good Will Come From the Sea by Christos Ikonomou translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich is the story of a group of young people from Athens who following the devastation brought upon by the Greek economic crisis decide to get away from the stress and difficulties of city life and relocate to a small unnamed Aegean island in the hopes of starting over But instead of starting an idyllic life on the island they're met with suspicion and open hostility by the locals who refer to the group as Foreigners and the Athenians respond to that by referring to the locals as RatsThe novel actually consists of four long loosely linked stories that each explore the effects of the economic and political crisis in Greece You might automatically assume that the book is uite political and you would be right however I think the author successfully manages to avoid going off on political diatribes and instead focuses on the individual struggles of an assortment of characters that combined together create a portrait of hardship desperation and poverty But despite the fact that these characters feel powerless and their hopes and dreams are constantly thwarted by the economic and political situation or by the people around them you get the sense that these people still hold on to hope however small and however hiddenOne of the most interesting aspects of the book is how it spotlights through the conflict between the Athenians the Foreigners and the locals the Rats the internal divisions and prejudices that exist within Greece between the people who live on the mainland and those who live on the many Greek islands even though they are all Greeks We see that such internal disunity among the groups of people only exacerbates their problems I remember us staring silently at the sea remember wondering in my drunken haze how such a crowd of people could stay so silent for so long Then Tasos said his piece about good coming from the sea because the sea has no memory water doesn't remember And I remember him saying that we need to be like the water too and blot out all the old stuff forget the old stuff and make a new beginning He said we have to forget that what united us for all those years was money stolen or honest it doesn't matter and that what unites us now is the fact that we no longer have that money We have to forget all that and find something new to bring us together he said  Good Will Come from the Sea is a darkly humorous and moving examination of the devastating effects that the economic crisis and severe austerity measures have had on Greece heightened by the existing biases and social injustices in Greek society that impede any progress towards finding a way out of this labyrinth of suffering I went into this expecting a straightforward novel instead of the four connected stories but it uickly didn't matter because the narrative voices is so arresting Snark pain frustration hope Humans need to feel a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose The historical and natural beauty of Greece hovers like a holographic projection just out of reach in these stories Unemployment shifting demographics refugees It's like a place which has had its placeness pulled out from under it I'm not from Greece but it feels like Ikonomou taps viscerally into the next generation's being between Scylla and Charybdis Future generations may look back at fiscal austerity measures and record them in units of depressions and suicidesI don't know how this reads in the original Greek but this translation was a pleasure to experience My copy was gratis courtesy of Archipelago Books Free Ebook Library available through 52020 Hat tip to Lia for the rec and the link This book that consists of four interconnected long stories about people struggling in the existential limbo of contemporary Greece had a very deep impact on me This might be in part due to the fact that I’m part Greek but only visit Greece once in a few years and was finally able to see the devastation the decline that I noticed in the country post austerity reflected in writing Christos Ikonomou is immensely talented and stark in his prose the darkness that he creates is horrifying not only because of its socio economic veracity but also because it’s making you stare into abysmal pits of mythological despair The kind of comparison that comes to mind would perhaps be Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” but also Leonid Andreyev’s writing which I adore but barely anyone has read in English But than that I see Ikonomou’s writing as a cultural metaphor for what Greece is too not European not uite Middle Eastern but Byzantine drenched in darkness despite the sun soaked reputation picked to the bones by the 21st centuries economic crusades As an exploration of the Greek economic collapse this makes for some pretty grim reading Set on an unnamed imaginary island in the Aegean a microcosm of the whole of devastated Greece four intertwined short stories portray the lives of migrants and locals struggling to survive poverty corruption and despair Draconian austerity measures have forced many Athenians to migrate to the island where they are resented by the locals and seen as invaders The Athenians see the locals as “rats” who maintain the status uo with cartels and organized crime There’s none of the romance normally associated with idyllic Greek islands to be found here as the “rats” trample on the dreams and aspirations of the newcomers often by violent means After the EU bailout severe austerity measures were imposed and the human cost of that is exemplified here The displaced Athenians have been forced by unemployment to flee to the island but are shown no sympathy It’s a bleak world they have arrived in The book goes straight to the heart of the Greek economic collapse and there seems to be little hope – even though one or two of the stories do perhaps show a glimmer and possibly the title suggests that good might come from the sea as it has at times during the country’s history A depressing but powerful story of loss desperation and frustration and a strong sense of just what it’s like to live in a country gripped by economic crisis Are you stuck in a book club with affluent members who have too much time on their hands and only a nominal commitment to Literature? Pick this book when your turn arises and you will set them all against you permanently facilitating your decision to finally leave This book is clearly capital L Literature The writing is Beckett like The English translation is gorgeous The scholar in you will admire it The fun loving tourist in younot so much My copy of Good Things is currently overdue at the library I put this book down and started another no less than six times I kept picking it up again because I am a gal who eats her vitamins I know what is good I kept putting it down because I know what is good for me a little less angst a ray of hope Perhaps two lovers who fly a kite Maybe I found what I was looking for Christos Ikonomou’s Good Will Come From The Sea examines the intimate soul of contemporary Greece in a series of interrelated stories These days when we think of Greece we do not harken to the Poe poem about the glory that was Greece Instead we throw our arms up in the air about the economics that is Greece And their immigration And how they do not fit into the EU Ikonomou isolates these problems in an island somewhat close to Naxos but not uite as ruined by tourists as Myconos or Santorini He does it both subtly and in your face Although the stories can stand on their own they are best read as a group Each explores how there is no future here no escape from the heart of the matter no respite from the poverty and the forsakeness of the soul The characters jorney into a new world seeking release but there is none They have merely tightened the noose of a constricted world only sorrow for the lost Lenore This is my first read from the long list for the Best Translated Book Award and it has set the bar really high These four stories are at turns shocking funny heartbreaking and feel weirdly prophetic during the current pandemic almost like science fiction minus its usual accoutrements see In Milton Lunky Territory More soon at Kate of Mind