Christos Ikonomou (1970)

Christos Ikonomou was born in Athens in 1970. He has published three collections of short stories, The Woman on the Rails, (Ellinika Grammata, 2003), Something Will Happen, You’ll See, (Polis, 2010) and All Good Things Will Come From The Sea, (Polis, 2014). Something will Happen You’ll See has won the prestigious Best Short-Story Collection State Award and became the most reviewed Greek book of 2011. It has been translated into German (CH Beck, 2013), English (Archipelago Books, 2016), Spanish (Valparaiso, 2016), French (Quidam, 2016), Croatian (VBZ, 2016) and Italian (Elliot Edizioni, 2016). All Good Things Will Come from the Sea has been translated into Italian (Elliot Edizioni, 2016). The French (Quidam) and US (Archipelago) editions are forthcoming.

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Bibliography

  • The Woman on the Rails, (short stories), Ellinika Grammata, 2003
  • Something Will Happen, You’ll See, (short stories), Polis Publishers, 2010 [Rights sold: Germany: CH Beck, 2013, Spain: Valparaiso Ediciones, 2015, Italy: Elliot Edizioni, 2016, World English: Archipelago Books, 2016, Croatia: VBZ, 2016, France: Quidam, 2016]
  • All Good Things Will Come From the Sea (short stories), Polis Publishers, 2014 [Rights sold: Italy: Elliot Edizioni, 2016, World English: Archipelago Books, forthcoming 2017, France: Quidam, forthcoming, 2016]

Reviews

Praise for Something Will Happen, You’ll See:

The Greek Faulkner… one of the most touching chronicles of the economic crisis to have come out of Greece.

La Repubblica Newspaper, Italy, June 2012

In much the way John Steinbeck laid open the migrant worker culture of mid-century California, Ikonomou exposes us to the realities of Greek poverty, the bitter taste of politics, and the generational divide. These stories are pitch-perfect, with sullen anger, wit, sharp humor, and tragicomedy captured in sharply crafted scenes that linger in the memory.

LA Review of Books, 2016

Something Will Happen is a heart-breaking and essential portrait of Greece’s modern despair, and while there are hopeful moments scattered throughout, the ones that ring truest are apocalyptic.

The Paris Review, 2016

The seamlessness with which the past breaches the surface of the present is astounding. Reading this book makes you read into yourself.

Zyzzyva: A San Francisco Journal of Arts & Letters, 2016