By Glenway Wescott, David Leavitt
Like Wescott's amazing novella The Pilgrim Hawk (which Susan Sontag defined in The New Yorker as belonging "among the treasures of 20th-century American literature"), Apartment in Athens issues an strange triangular dating. during this tale approximately a Greek couple in Nazi-occupied Athens who needs to proportion their dwelling quarters with a German officer, Wescott phases an severe and unsettling drama of lodging and rejection, resistance and compulsion—an account of political oppression and non secular fight that also is a parable in regards to the bills of closeted identity.
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Apartment in Athens (New York Review Books Classics) by Glenway Wescott, David Leavitt