Hopscotch Translation Series: Modern Greek literature with Karen Emmerich & Jacob Moe
February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Please join us for PENN’s 5th installment of their Hopscotch Translation Series, featuring KAREN EMMERICH, reading from her translation of Christos Ikonomou’s Good Will Come From the Sea and JACOB MOE, reading from his translation of Maria Mitsora’s On My Aunt’s Shallow Grave White Roses Have Already Bloomed. A discussion between the authors will be moderated by MIKA TSEKOURA, Lecturer of Modern Greek at the Penn Language Center.
Christos Ikonomou’s collection Good Will Come From the Sea is a dirge for the Greek economic crisis and the devastation it has wrought, a profound meditation on the nature of justice in an unjust world. On an unnamed island, struggling migrants and trapped locals endure the crushing weight of poverty in these four linked stories. As the characters mourn their livelihoods, loved ones, and dreams, only ghostly threads of hope keep them marching toward a future that shows little promise of change. Good Will Come From the Sea is a tender and defiant song of loss, a study of poverty’s toll on the human soul.
Maria Mitsora’s collection of short stories moves across the urban netherworld of Athens to imagined Latin American towns and science-fiction dystopias. Mitsora animates the alternatingly dark and revelatory aspects of the human psyche, depicting a world in which her protagonists are caught between reality and myth, predestination and chance, rationality and twisted dreams.