iris literary agency

In Greece 29% of the population are unemployed. Yet the ‘unemployed’ often fade into a faceless mass. Their introspection, their guilt, their shame and their resignation lead them to shut themselves in their homes and not attempt to speak, to protest, to complain, to shout. They often prefer themselves to remain invisible, in order not to provoke pity.” The Diary of the Unemployed began as an online experiment where “the unemployed themselves write about their experiences, their torments, they outline their demands to a society that must urgently reverse its priorities. First the unemployed and then the middle-class. First the unemployed and then the minimum wage. First the unemployed and then the property tax. First the unemployed and then pensions and rebates.”

Kastaniotis, 2014, 221 p.

The perpetrators of the Crisis and the “Obligation” of their overthrow – A polite reply to the praetorian Memoranda.

How many poor people are needed to produce one rich person?  Who are the creators of debt and deficits, and how do they create them?  Who is responsible for the crisis in Greece and the world?  Does the crisis have a social, economic, or political signature?  Is it caused by everyone?  Does everyone pay?  Who benefits from the crisis, and exactly how?  And how is it that during the 3-year period from 2008 to 2010 that tens of millions were added to the ranks of absolute poverty, misery and unemployment, while the number of billionaires on the planet doubled?  A workbook for not only understanding what’s happening in the world in general – and in Greece in particular – but also why?

Aris was born in 1905 and early enough he displayed an inclination for adventure and a sincere interest in the poor of the Country.

He became a member of the Communist Party of Greece, but despite the success of his missions, he was struck off for serious Party misconduct.

With the start of World War II, Aris was fighting the Germans in Macedonia. Immediately afterwards he organized an armed struggle on the mountains against the occupiers. In October 1942, Aris with 150 volunteers of ELAS, Zervas with 50 soldiers and nine British saboteurs blew up the Gorgopotamos Bridge. They succeeded to cut off the supply to Rommel in the Middle East. It was the famous Operation Harling.

National Essay Award 2000

Two Witnesses Equals One is a narrative of 150 pages whose theme is the youths’ insurgency in Athens in 2008, which was ignited by the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The narrative is included in a collection entitled What Wouldn’t Change if Everything Changed, forthcoming by Patakis Publications.

The first of the six texts in this collection is about Corfu, the town of the midway point, the metaphorical town on the borders of childhood, the borders between the gardens and the old open-air summer cinemas. The theme of the second story is the funeral fragrance of spring, the transference of the Burial [of Christ] to the scenes of the inner life. The third speaks of the compulsion of Erotic Devotion, which comes to a strange conclusion, a swan-song ending in parody. The fourth broaches the historical materialism of writing, its magical link to the History of the human body. The fifth explores the function of the healing recollection in Photography, queen of the artes moriendi, which suddenly seems to be proving its credentials in relation to the other blind images of the modern age. The last story shines a light on the embrace of beauty and death, post-modern aesthetics and the macabre, fashion and vampirism. All six texts can be read as developments of the same theme, which is the unattainable separation, the lack of the dimension of grief. All six start off as essays and end as equal ‘fantasias’ (in the musical sense). All six speak precisely, and at the same time remain faithful to the spirit of satire.

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