Apartment in Athens

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Apartment in Athens

Apartment in Athens Apartment in Athens concerns an unusual triangular relationship In this story about a Greek couple in Nazi occupied Athens who are forced to share their quarters with a German officer Wescott stages

  • Title: Apartment in Athens
  • Author: Glenway Wescott
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Apartment in Athens concerns an unusual triangular relationship In this story about a Greek couple in Nazi occupied Athens who are forced to share their quarters with a German officer, Wescott stages a drama of accommodation and rejection, resistance and compulsion Apartment in Athens depicts a great and terrible war through the lens of everyday existence It is a tale oApartment in Athens concerns an unusual triangular relationship In this story about a Greek couple in Nazi occupied Athens who are forced to share their quarters with a German officer, Wescott stages a drama of accommodation and rejection, resistance and compulsion Apartment in Athens depicts a great and terrible war through the lens of everyday existence It is a tale of spiritual struggle in which triumph and defeat are next to impossible to tell apart.

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    1. Orsodimondo on said:

      PADRONI A CASA D’ALTRI 1942. Una famiglia tedesca che ha conosciuto giorni migliori, composta dal padre che ha perso il lavoro per la chiusura della casa editrice, la moglie, figlio maschio e femmina, vive nel loro appartamento nel centro di Atene.La Grecia viene occupata anche dai tedeschi che arrivano in aiuto degli italiani.Un capitano nazista, Kalter, sceglie questa casa come suo alloggio perché molto vicina al comando germanico.Inizia una convivenza problematica.Nella prima parte, il ted [...]

    2. AC on said:

      Sublime large portions of this book are sheer brilliance. Esp. fascinating to me was the meditation on the lyrical aspects of the Nazi self-consciousness in Ch. 9. Though often criticized for having written so little, a life that produced this book and Pilgram Hawk surely was not wasted. Wescott was a craftsman of the highest order, and the effort may simply have tired him out.At any rate, a real gem.

    3. unnarrator on said:

      I don't know why I read this book from midnight until 2 am last night, at every chapter break thinking with cold nausea about everything I have to get done before Friday and then resolutely plunging into another chapter. But it's an astonishing little exercise, deceptively expository and actually scary as hell. Nelson Algren is in here, also Paul Bowles. I liked it a lot. What happened to Glenway Wescott's literary reputation? It is a mysteryA: Oh, so here's what happened:cercles/review/r29/ros

    4. Patrizia on said:

      La storia è ambientata nella Grecia del 1943, prostrata dalla guerra e dall’occupazione nazista. Miseria, fame, morte invadono il paese, come nel resto d’Europa. La nostra attenzione è focalizzata su una famiglia, gli Helianos, costretta a cedere parte dell’appartamento a un ufficiale tedesco, che dovranno servire nei modi più umilianti. Una scrittura asciutta ci conduce nell’inferno di una convivenza forzata, tra paura e disperazione, cui nemmeno la notte riesce a dare sollievo.Ridot [...]

    5. Cphe on said:

      Whilst this story was extremely well written and I was intrigued by the premise of the novel I have to say that overall it wasn't an enjoyable read. There was an overpowering feel of opression and claustrophobia within this story, without any uplifting moments to alleviate the unrelenting grimness. I found it very difficult to appreciate the major characters here, because I didn't appreciate them and I found it difficult empathise with them.What was most interesting to this reader was the insigh [...]

    6. Lobstergirl on said:

      This is well written's Glenway Wescott, who is fairly incapable of writing poorly. But everything about the story made me uncomfortable, anxious, agitated, disturbed, and depressed and I couldn't wait for it to end. I'm sure I was just reading it at the wrong moment for me. I heartily recommend it to others.

    7. Ana Sofia on said:

      A fine study in humiliation and nobility, and their culmination in tragedy and desperate resolve…its moderateness, lack of exaggeration, and serenity are admirable as the Greek ideal they reflect and honor. Everywhere is the dignity of a style in which there is nothing wasteful and nothing wanting.— Eudora Welty

    8. George Petrellis on said:

      Μία δραματική ιστορία, αλλά όχι ένα δράμα, με πρωταγωνιστές αρχαιοελληνικής τραγωδίας χωρίς όμως να αισθάνονται ανάλογα. Στο Β' ΠΠ κατά τη γερμανική κατοχή της Αθήνας, το σπίτι της οικογένειας Ηλιανού επιτάσσεται και πέρα από τον κο. και την κα. Ηλιανού με τα δύο τους παιδιά, [...]

    9. Iva on said:

      Wescott gives his readers a story with twists and surprises. And characters, all unsympathetic, trapped physically and spiritually, but truly believable. And his city, Athens, has been captured by the Nazis, as we learn how one family is coping. This apartment is a sad, sad place. The strength of the novel is the exploration of family life during World War II. The experience is revealed by Wescott--he is an American writer more known for his novella, The Pilgrim Hawk, but this is a stellar achie [...]

    10. RD Chiriboga Moncayo on said:

      Fascinating WWII novel set in Athens during the German Occupation. It richly details the psychological transformation of a Greek housewife.

    11. Taylor Pandolfino on said:

      Apartment in Athens is extraordinary. Glenway Wescott narrates the story of a Greek family forced to billet a dictatorial German quartermaster officer and pseudo-intellectual after the Nazi occupation of Greece. Compelled to dote on this ostentatious German named Kalter, the once-respectable family–Nikolas Helianos, his wife, and their two children–find themselves enslaved in their own small apartment in the middle of Athens, which quickly becomes the only world they can identify with and un [...]

    12. Angela Young on said:

      Apartment in Athens was recommended by a friend who said it was the best novel ever written (although he didn't elaborate). It is extraordinary in its depiction of - often - unsympathetic characters, or characters trapped so completely by their fear and fear of reprisal that they are powerless. It is the story of the terrible travail, in war-torn Athens, of an ordinary Greek family. Of the insights into their German occupiers and into themselves by the way they manage (or don't manage) to contai [...]

    13. Dpdwyer on said:

      Athens, 1941. Nikolas Helianos, a publisher whose business was closed by the Nazis, lives in poverty with his wife and two children. Then the Nazis requisition their home to house Major Kalter, and they become servants in their own home. Over time a relationship of sorts develops between the Helianos family and Kalter. We get much detail about what the Helianos are thinking and feeling, perhaps too much for my tastes. I liked the realism; I can believe that situations like this must have occurre [...]

    14. Andrew on said:

      I have finished Apartment in Athens and while I cannot say I was captivated by the story or found reading it especially enjoyable, I did like the book overall, mostly due to Wescott's prose and the depiction of the Greek family, in particular. Rating it is tough; three stars based on how much I liked it, but four if based solely on the writing. I will be adding Pilgrim Hawk to my 2012 reading list.

    15. Tkirshmansocal.rr.com on said:

      This is a really dark book. I didn't like one person in it.It's about a Greek family that has to share thier home with a Nazi officer during world war two. The German officer goes down and takes everyone that is around him with him. It's hard to read but worth it!!!

    16. Zéro Janvier on said:

      Un roman difficile d'accès, au rythme lent, parfois difficile à suivre, sur la vie d'une famille grecque obligée d'héberger un officier allemand pendant l'Occupation de la Grèce par l'Allemagne nazie. Le thème est passionnant, le roman un peu moins.

    17. Morgan Christopher on said:

      Overall, a very well written book. I just felt the author took too long to get to the next plot point. I just needed things to move a little more quickly. I would definitely seek out other work by the author.

    18. Liz V. on said:

      So much is written about those who tragically died but the price paid today is by those who survived.

    19. Andrew on said:

      A huge let down. It never lived up to the premise. Such a great idea, if only it had been written by another other. This book could have stayed lost, as far as I'm concerned.

    20. Micebyliz on said:

      a disturbing and insightful novel. the story of a Greek family forced to house a German soldier for the duration of the war.

    21. Kenneth on said:

      I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/12118685

    22. Graça Barão on said:

      Trouxe-me à lembrança leituras antigas (le silence de la mer de Vercors).

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