Magazine article World Literature Today

Something Will Happen, You'll See

Magazine article World Literature Today

Something Will Happen, You'll See

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Christos Ikonomou. Something Will Happen, You'll See. Trans. Karen Emmerich. Brooklyn. Archipelago Books. 2016. 250 pages.

Christos Ikonomou's award-winning second collection, Something Will Happen, You'll See, is a thoughtful glimpse into the flawed and sometimes-comic existence of the working-class men and women living at the periphery of Greece's capital.

In the opening tale, "Come On Ellie, Feed the Pig," a woman molds halva into the likeness of an estranged lover and proceeds to eat him. In "Placard and Broomstick," a grocery clerk mourns the death of his childhood friend, carrying a blank sign through the streets in protest because he's "filled with an incredible emptiness." An unemployed dockworker in "For Poor People" watches a strange woman paint an expression of a choking face onto a bollard, where a rope is tied from a boat like a noose. In the closing story, "Piece By Piece They're Taking My World Away," a couple spends their final days in an old house as the unique stones of its foundation are looted by neighbors and the government moves to expropriate the property.

This collection is a kind of Dubliners for the postcrisis generation and a lament for the marginalized inhabitants of neighborhoods around the shipping district of Piraeus. …

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