Sunday, 30 September 2018

On My Aunt’s Shallow Grave White Roses Have Already Bloomed by Maria Mitsora

On My Aunt’s Shallow Grave White Roses Have Already Bloomed by Maria Mitsora
English language translation by Jacob Moe published by Yale University Press on the 18th September 2018.

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How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository
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A collection of short stories by an acclaimed contemporary Greek writer, reminiscent of Lydia Davis and Jenny Offill

This collection assembles sixteen of Maria Mitsora’s short stories in what adds up to be a retrospective of the author’s work, spanning forty years. Moving 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.

Mitsora led a generation of writers whose work articulated major transitions in the Greek literary scene, from 1970s historical and political sensibilities shaped in response to the military Junta to a contemporary focus on a fragmented, multicultural world. Her consistent experimentation with the short story form—a dominant genre in Greek prose writing since the nineteenth century—ranges from psychologically dark, surrealist work to more recent reflective and poetic writings.

Unfortunately this short story collection was a DNF for me. I read the first three of the sixteen stories and found them to be just too experimental for my tastes. Mitsora does create some amazing images and snapshots of scenes, and I did like her turns of phrase, but I generally had no idea what was going on in each story. The narratives seem to go off at so much of a tangent that I couldn't keep up.

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  1. Sorry to hear you didn't care for it more.

    1. I'd looked forward to this, but it just didn't work for me

  2. oh I was excited when I saw that is was a collection of short stories. I need something good because I can read much right now. Sorry this one didn't work for you :(

    1. If you get to read this one I'd be interested to know what you think. I couldn't get on with it, but Mitsora is highly regarded as a writer


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