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?

Read the rest of this article by purchasing a subscription to ABR Online, or subscribe to the print edition to receive access to ABR Online free of charge.

If you are a single issue subscriber you will need to upgrade your subscription to view back issues.

If you are already subscribed, click here to log in.

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.

By this contributor

Leave a comment

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.

NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to comments@australianbookreview.com.au. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.