Apartment in Athens

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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 of spiritual struggle in which triumph and defeat are next to impossible to tell apart.
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Overview

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 of spiritual struggle in which triumph and defeat are next to impossible to tell apart.
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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

I have not read any other book—either of fiction or direct documentation—which has given me the feeling of starving and stifling, of falling back on interior positions, constructing interior defenses, reorganizing and redirecting, behind a mask of submission, the whole structure and aim of one’s life, as Apartment in Athens does.
— Edmund Wilson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590170816
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 998,824
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenway Wescott (1901-1987) was the author of the novels The Grandmothers and Apartment in Athens, in addition to several collections of stories and essays. His life—as revealed in his published journals and a joint biography of him and his lover, Monroe Wheeler—has been the subject of increasing interest in recent years.

David Leavitt ’s books include The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer and the novel The Indian Clerk, a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner Prize and the IMPAC /Dublin Literary Award. He co-directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    I wanted to like it

    I bought this book because of the interesting premise...a German officer moves in with a Greek family during WWII. Although I forced myself to read the entire book, it never really interested me. In fact, Glenway Wescott managed to turn the interesting concept into a fairly boring book. The majority of the writing is about what the husband is thinking...and then about what the wife is thinking...then back to the husband. In other words, the action is minimal. It would have worked better (for me) as a short story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Toru

    Toru surreptitiously rolls his eyes and put his hands behind his back. "That's about as illegal as riding a skateboard," he mutters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Kat

    Okay. She drove to codys house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Cody

    Toru that cody was an imposter you are not under arrest

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