The Demons of Athens
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?