By Vrasidas Karalis
The narrator of the booklet starts off a trip of discovery round the which means of domestic, in a diary shape, with a visit to Athens in the middle of the industrial and social implosion of the rustic. He fuses fiction, reportage and autobiography in an try and illustrate the social cave in of Greece after 2009 and its next loss of inventive mind's eye. The booklet comprises short snapshots in response to episodes that occur in Athens, starting from humans consuming rotten nutrition in rubbish packing containers, to modern political discussions on the Greek Parliament and the illustration of the fight of normal humans to make their dwelling. ''This is a brave, offended and robust ebook, within which like James Joyce, Vrasidas Karalis may be acknowledged to have written 'a bankruptcy within the ethical background of my race'.'' - Nicholas Murray, British biographer, poet and journalist.
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I had prepared the best food, lamb casserole with herbs and lemon – my specialty. I was happy with my work. But as I was serving it, he started shouting and yelling that his fork had some finger prints on its precious silver! I was shocked. “Mr President,” I said. ’ ‘That was really pathological,’ I say. ’ ‘I don’t know your fancy word,’ he replies. ‘Nobody ever pays any attention to the existence of small people. We are tools, instruments, mere appendages to a machine operated by the great and the greater.
Oh yes, yes, yes... ’ A prolonged manic laughter follows. Soon, two other men appear and then a woman; they jump into the bin and yell in Greek and other languages: ‘There is more! There is more! Foooood... ’ At least five more people arrive and scramble into the bin. More fish is found, tomatoes, vegetables and some morsels of rotten meat. Without fighting, they share everything, as if an innate form of pecking order exists between them, a code of survival based on mutual concessions. I am speechless.
I couldn’t find work. A lonely woman was always an easy prey. I changed ten jobs in one year. Finally, I worked as a cleaner in a hospital, then in some offices, then I worked in a factory, then in the railways, then in cruising ships around the islands. ’ She is upset. ‘In April ’67, Sunday, the twenty third, I got married my first husband. Something had happened then with the government, and we were not allowed to celebrate as we should. That was not a wedding – it was like the underground secret school – no dances, no songs, no nothing.