Kathryn Koromilas reviews 'The Demons of Athens' by Vrasidas Karalis

Kathryn Koromilas reviews 'The Demons of Athens' by Vrasidas Karalis

The Demons of Athens

by Vrasidas Karalis

Brandl & Schlesinger, $26.95 pb, 229 pp, 9781921556418

Sing, O muse, of the rage of the daemons, soulless sons of Hellenes, that have brought countless ills upon the Greeks. Sing, O Vrasidas Karalis of your descent into the Greek inferno and of the quarrels that have plagued our citizens. Sing, O brave soul, sing your reports from the Great Devastation.

Forgive my classicist sentimentality. How else to begin a review of Karalis’s The Demons of Athens, this auto-ficto-graphical account of his epic return, in medias crisis, to the cherished city of his youth, Athens?

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Published in April 2015, no. 370
Kathryn Koromilas

Kathryn Koromilas

Kathryn Koromilas is the author of Palimpsest: A Novel (2010). She is currently a Master of Philosophy candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide.

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