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Little Infamies

Stories

Panos Karnezis

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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.

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Excerpt from Little Infamies by Panos Karnezis. Copyright © 2003 by Panos Karnezis. To be published in February, 2003 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.


Since dawn the air had the sultriness of fermenting juices and later, just before lunch, the dog started barking for no reason and did not stop until Father Yerasimo chased her away with stones. He could not imagine then that the poor animal was only trying to warn him. Because no sooner had he washed his dish, fed the leftovers to the chickens, and sat on the veranda to drink a glass of wine, than a roar
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"Little Infamies is an astonishing and brilliant achievement by an exceptional and unique young writer. Like Joseph Conrad, Karnezis writes in his second language, and like Conrad, he has not only mastered English, he has subverted it, enriched it, turned it into something vital and ineluctable. I am utterly bewitched by his talent, and jealous too."
-Ben Rice, author of Pobby and Dingan

"In his lucid and distilled prose, Panos Karnezis gives us mesmerizing tales that are combinations of fable and realism. Providing an exotic taste of Greek culture and strong sense place, the stories are nevertheless universal in their nuanced, humorous implications about human nature. I simply couldn't stop reading them."
-Tim Gautreaux, author of The Next Step in the Dance

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Panos Karnezis

  • 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.
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Little Infamies

Stories

Panos Karnezis

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