Little Infamies by Panos Karnezis
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Cunning, fantastical tales about a Greek village of the imagination, from a startling new talent

Panos Karnezis' remarkable stories are all set in the same nameless Greek village. His characters are the people who live there--the priest, 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 worldly eye, and creates a place where magic invariably loses out to harsh reality, a place full of passion, cruelty, and deep reserves of black humor. These stories recall the masters of the form--the wit and sophisticated playfulness of Saki and the primal fatalism of Prosper Merimee--but they are utterly original and prove that Karnezis is one of the freshest new voices in English fiction.

 

About Panos Karnezis

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Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967. He moved to England in 1992 to study engineering, and worked in industry before he started to write. He was awarded an MA in Creative Writing by the University of East Anglia. He lives in Oxford.
 
Published March 1, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 293 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Another Day on Pegasus,” for example, is told from the perspective of a bus driver: a sort of Greek Ralph Kramden who argues with his conductor, insults (or flirts with) his passengers, and manages despite the odds to keep his bus (“Pegasus”) running from day to day.

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In "Medical Ethics," the aging village doctor finishes a gynecological exam ("his mind was all that time occupied with the answers to the crossword he had left unfinished") only to be surprised by an impromptu marriage proposal from his virginal teenage patient.

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