Good Will Come From the Sea


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Published: February 26, 2019


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Book Description

Good Will Come From the Sea is a collection, the first in a trilogy, of blistering, darkly humorous stories that upend the idyllic image of the Greek holiday island. Presenting a harrowing vision of modern Greece, the four linked stories in the collection are defined by their characters’ desperate desires to escape the paralyzing effects of the economic crisis, as well as the brutal realization that the same vicious cycles of money, power, and violence operate everywhere. Its characters are all internal migrants: people forced by dire economic straits to leave cities on the mainland and settle on the island, struggling to escape from their past and face a future that appears to be a dead end for them all.  In four visceral depictions of strife and agony, both moral and physical, Ikonomou presents us with startling depictions of everyday lives upended. Ikonomou’s blunt yet poignant writing uniquely captures this experience, and despite his characters’ struggles and the brutal, sordid world they live in, Good Will Come from the Sea also masterfully evokes the importance of human connection, and love. An abrupt shift in perspective at each story’s close foregrounds the subjectiveness of experience and the desperation mixed with resilience which captures the characters’ situations. All of them are struggling to build new lives, new faith, a new country, a new world–and all of them suffer the futility of those efforts.

Christos Ikonomou continues to explore through fiction a society that, in its dislocation, shakes up everything. Starting with the most deprived.

William Irigoyen, Le Monde diplomatique

Ikonomou’s short-stories in Good Will Come From the Sea flow like silk – they can be read in one go; his prose just flows.
To Vima, 2014

It is truly impressive how the author has ‘absorbed’ the particularities of Greek society in all its contradictions, injustices, hopes and despair transforming them into a convincing and stimulating prose.
Yannis Tsirbas, I Efimerida ton Syntakton, 2014

Ikonomou, with literary boldness, ‘rewrites’ the stereotypical references of contemporary Greece: antiquity, Christianity and the West…Ikonomou answers to Shakespearean Hamlet’s perennial question with the following: ‘In this country the big question is not whether to live or not but how to live’ and the answer to this is ‘we are better that what we’ve become’.

Mikela Hartoulari, I Efimerida ton Syntakton, 2014

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