Austerity Measures (Paperback)
The New Greek Poetry
Penguin UK, 9780241250624, 496pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2016
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Since the crisis hit in 2008, Greece has played host to a cultural renaissance unlike anything seen in Southern Europe for over 30 years. Poems of startling depth and originality are being written by native Greeks, emigres and migrants alike. They grapple with the personal and the political; with the small revelations of gardening and the viciousness of streetfights; with bodies, love, myth, migration and economic crisis. The very best of the writing to emerge from that creative ferment much of it never before translated into English is gathered for the first time, divided into six sections which make the landscape of different venues and "school" immediately comprehensible. The result is a map to the complex territory of a still-evolving scene, and a unique window onto the lived experience of Greek society now.