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Landscape with Dog

Published by Clockroot Books
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About The Book

“Let’s just say that Giacometti was setting out to draw a face. If he started with the chin, he would worry that he might never reach the nose. The longer he sketched the face, the harder he tried to offer a faithful representation of it, the more it resembled a skull. The only thing left was the gaze. So what he ended up drawing was a skull with a gaze.” Landscape with Dog and Other Stories is made up of countless such moments: transformations of the everyday, encounters between the known and the unknowable. Contemporary Athens wavers before us; the outlines of a sketch darken and blur; the face of a friend is at once beloved and strange. In Ersi Sotiropoulos’s prose, the slightest event, the slightest change in the quality of the light, can alter everything. Karen Emmerich brings perfectly into English the precise, vibrant movement of Sotiropoulos’s language, the mastery that has made her one of Greece’s most acclaimed writers. These stories will be praised for their flashes of beauty and their crackles of dark humor, but what makes them so memorable is something else, impossible to pin down, something like the gaze of the skull. At once familiar and troubling, compelling and unapproachable, Sotiropoulos’s stories give us a new way of seeing.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Clockroot Books (November 19, 2009)
  • Length: 168 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781566567732

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Raves and Reviews

"Greek author Sotiropoulos...depicts the hollow, deceptive civility hidden within intimate relationships in this capably translated story collection featuring lovers, married couples, brothers and parents. Other stories showcase the author's dark, effective devices...Each story demonstrates compelling depth and breadth, and involves heavy emotional stakes"

I loved these stories. They are vintage Sotiropoulos: electric, vivid, sensual, surprising.

– Lynn Freed

Ersi Sotiropoulos's short stories are jaggedly sharp and unsettlingly beautiful- and they are like none other being written today in any language. You have to go back to Cesare Pavese to find short fiction from Europe this vivid, lived-in, urgent and artful; Sotiropoulos writes as if her life depended on it. 'Landscape with Dog and Other Stories' is a marvel.

– Benjamin Anastas, author of 'An Underachiever's Diary'

Ersi Sotiropoulos's fiction owes a significant debt to her early work as a poet. Her stories in 'Landscape with Dog' are pure electric, with the passion, energized wit and inevitability of the lyric poem. The surfaces are well-constructed, the characters often quirky and troubling and, like lines from a favorite poem, stay with the reader year after year.

– Paul Vangelisti

Ersi Sotiropoulos, a virtuoso of postmodern Greek fiction, masters the short story in her collection, Landscape with Dog and Other Stories. Sotiropoulos... continues to use her deft sense of psychological insight and poetic language to give us portraits of the intimate and the abstract. From the very first story, there is a familiarity that draws the reader in, that reminds of something comforting. But Sotiropoulos layers on top of that security a sense of foreboding. There is an ambiguity to her scenes and to her characters so that we are left to question our own instincts. She infuses the narrative of each story with a controlled terror that makes characters relationship seem like they could snap at any moment.

– Monica Carter, Three Percent

Reading Ersi Sotiropoulos's collection of short stories, 'Landscape With Dog', brings to mind the Surrealist masterpiece by Giorgio de Chirico, 'Melancholy and Mystery of a Street.' Much like Chirico's painting, most of Sotiropoulos's stories are textual cul-de-sacs, seemingly expansive but surprisingly claustrophobic, tinged with dark corners, a series of streets that lead nowhere, leaving readers to puzzle over wonderfully unrealized moments and conclusions. There are no easily recognizable beginnings, middles, or ends in these stories.

– George Fragopoulos, The Quarterly Conversation

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