Facing Athens : Encounters with the Modern City
George SarrinikolaouISBN: 0865476993;
Book Description A legendary city seen afresh from an expatriate's point of view In this original and radiant book, George Sarrinikolaou, a native Athenian expatriated to America, strips Athens of its cliches to reveal a city straining under the passions and burdens of early-twenty-first-century life. Modern Athens exists in the shadow of its ancient past: cradle of civilization, birthplace of democracy, inspiration for the Olympic Games. But as the city prepares to host the 2004 Summer Olympics, it faces challenges quite unlike those depicted in mythology and epic poetry. As Sarrinikolaou walks through the city, striving to face the Athens of his childhood head-on, he encounters people who reveal the demythologized city: newly wealthy Greeks at a Las Vegas-style nightclub; Gypsies building a middle-class house amid their squalid encampment; Kurdish and Eastern European immigrants seeking day labor in Omonia Square; aged Athenians wistfully...
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