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Little Infamies by Panos Karnezis
Book DescriptionPanos Karnezis' remarkable stories are all set in the same nameless Greek village. His characters are the people who live there - the priest, the barber, the whore, the doctor, the seamstress, the mayor - and the occasional animal: a centaur, a parrot that recites Homer, a horse called History. Their lives intersect, as lives do in a small place, and they know each other's secrets - the hidden crimes, the mysteries, the little infamies that men commit. Karnezis observes his villagers with a forgiving eye, and creates a world where magic invariably loses out to harsh reality, a world at once universal, funny and utterly compelling.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099433521
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Panos Karnezis
Fugitives, Paperback (April 2016)
In a Latin American rainforest, Father Thomas, a Catholic priest, comes across a wounded soldier and takes him to his church in an Indian village. The Indians are wary of this new arrival. Venustiano, the proud young head of the village, is determined to protect his people. But his immediate problem is the jaguar prowling around the village.
Convent, Paperback (January 2011)
The convent of Our Lady of Mercy stands alone in an uninhabited part of the Spanish sierra. Its inhabitants are devoted to God, to solitude and silence; six women cut off from the world they've chosen to leave behind. Everything changes on the day that Mother Superior Maria Ines discovers a suitcase at the entrance to the retreat.
Birthday Party, Paperback (July 2008)
As dawn breaks on a small private island off the Mediterranean coast, Marco Timoleon, an aging tycoon, wakes up to see the final preparations for his troubled daughter's twenty-fifth birthday party. Having found out that she is pregnant by a man he doesn't approve of, he secretly intends to persuade her to terminate the pregnancy.
Maze, Paperback (July 2007)» View all books by Panos Karnezis
Anatolia, 1922. Pursued by a Turkish army after three years of Greek occupation, a retreating Greek brigade has lost its way. Commanded by a brigadier with a passion for Greek mythology and a secret addiction to morphine, the brigade's only chance of salvation is to reach the Mediterranean coast and sail home.
UK Kirkus Review » In this collection of stories based on a Greek village 'so poor it doesn't even have a name', Panos Karnezis never misses an opportunity to ensure the reader makes full use of all the senses. Whether describing the nose-wrinkling unpleasantness of the public convenience at the train station or the feeling in the air before an earthquake, he doesn't waste a word. Mysteries abound among the basil-scented balconies, but as is often the case in small villages, secrets are hard to keep. When the local graveyard is hit by the malevolent earthquake, the contents of one coffin are revealed as nothing more human than heart-shaped stones. This discovery sets the local priest off on an investigation into a gruesome act of revenge that only he knows nothing about, and the unwritten rule of silence, so crucial to small settlements like this, is captured perfectly. There's much humour here too, and the pages come alive with the nuances of everyday life. There's the rivalry and bickering between a bus driver and his conductor brother-in-law, who have gone into business together and bought a bus they fancifully call Pegasus, and there's the poignant tale of the pensioner who dies from exhaustion while waiting for his turn in the Pension Office, and no one even notices in the heat and torpor of the room, paying no heed to the look on 'his strangely amused face'. As the characters come and go through these stories we get to meet all manner of humanity, from hangdog Whale who works in the dingy cafe, a slave to his ulcer, to the landowner, a genuinely evil sort who's about to get his just rewards. This is a constant, delightful outpouring of foibles and idiosyncrasies, poignant and funny, tragic and hilarious, all beautifully arranged by a true talent. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Panos Karnezis
Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967 and came to England in 1992. He studied engineering at Oxford and worked in industry before starting to write in English. He studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Little Infamies, a collection of connected short stories set in a nameless Greek village, and two previous novels; The Maze, shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award and The Birthday Party. Panos Karnezis lives in London.
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