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Cunning, fantastical tales about a Greek village of the imagination, from a startling new talentPanos 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 Histor ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published February 19th 2003 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Jacob
Jan 07, 2010 Jacob rated it really liked it
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 like the beating of an enormous vat echoed across the village. Father Yerasimo watched with
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

A collection of interconnected short stories that reads like a novel. The setting is rural, Greek, and the characters are the ordinary people one expects to find in small forgotten towns and villages anywhere. But its very first story, "A Funeral of Stones," was like an alien spacecraft ride. It felt strange, new, a delight to the senses and, as I floated, I kept asking the driver--Panos Karnezis--where are you taking me, where are you taking me. And he grinned, this rascal with a unusual name,
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Μικρές ιστορίες ανατριχιαστικές, θα τις έλεγες καθημερινές. Η μικρότητα και η μικρόνοια του πληθυσμού ενός μικρού χωριού, με τις ανομίες του, το κοντόφθαλμο φέρσιμο, τον εγωισμό, την προστασία από τον κόσμο (μα τι θα πει ο κόσμος;), μικρά διηγήματα που κινούνται όμως γύρω από έναν κεντρικό άξονα και ξανασυναντάς γνωστούς χαρακτήρες.
Δύο ήταν τα πιο φρικιαστικά διηγήματα, κυρίως ως προς το πού μπορεί να φτάσει η μεν σκληρότητα κάποιου, η δε αδιαφορία και συνενοχή του χωριού: το πρώτο, όπου ο πατέρ
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Kylin Larsson
Nov 20, 2009 Kylin Larsson rated it did not like it
These short stories center on a very poor town in Greece. I read it to get a bit of a feel for Greek small towns. Most of the stories had a cutesy ironic twist. A lush woman on a bus is stared at, competed over, by the driver and the money taker. She ends up stealing their money while they argue about taking her luggage off the bus.

The town itself develops as a character throughout the collection. But my perception of the town is tainted by the first story. Everybody but the priest and the cop k
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jill
Apr 06, 2009 jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
Darkly funny, though heavier on the dark than the funny. A bit as if Flannery O'Connor got drunk on ouzo with a bunch of gypsies and then decided to write a Greek Winesburg, Ohio while still hung over.

I really liked the first story, which was almost novella length; the shorter ones that followed were a little hit and miss. Karnezis seemed very interested in the intersection between modernity and traditional village life, though he seems to find them equally depressing. There's a fablesque tone t
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Bookaholic
Am luat romanul lui Panos Karnezis pentru că mi-a plăcut ideea de a citi un scriitor contemporan grec, asemănat cu Borges şi Marquez, ale cărui povestiri dintr-un sat grecesc nenumit stau sub titlul Infamii Mărunte. Şi, ca un făcut, până şi coperta îmi plăcea, cu greci toropiţi aşteptând la umbra unei prăvălioare să se întâmple ceva… sau nu. Ce mai, trebuia să-l iau!


Şi uite aşa am citit 19 poveşti frumoase şi curioase ca nişte ilustrate vechi, cu păsări exotice, gemene răzbunătoare, cu un flaşne
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Felisberto
Apr 12, 2012 Felisberto rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Este livro não me parece ser grande coisa, aliás parece-me mínimo enquanto obra. Não tem criatividade ao longo das várias histórias que se vão desenrolando. Uma ou outra história acabam por criar algum entretenimento mas não passa disso, é um livro fraco.
Gosto da ligação que acontece entre as várias personagens, acho que isso está bom.
Porém, aquele final rafeiro estraga com qualquer coisa positiva que este livro possa ter tido, escrita rafeira.
Aunty Janet
Jun 06, 2011 Aunty Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
The book started quite well. I didn't realise it was made up of short stories for a start. The stories are set in the same Greek village with characters which overlap stories. The stories got more and more macabre with less and less humour. I rarely 'ditch' a book, but two thirds through this one I'd had enough. Not my cuppa tea, this one!
Vasilis Kalandaridis
Περίεργο βιβλιο.Καποιες ιστορίες μου άρεσαν αλλά με κάποιες ήθελα να φάω το χαρτί.Σχεδόν σε κάθε διήγημα υπάρχει ένας θάνατος,λίγο αίμα,μια υποψία θρίλερ.Είναι καθαρά θέμα γούστου,μπορεί κάποιος άλλος να το λατρέψει.
Marlene
Sep 23, 2011 Marlene marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by Annie Proulx, so I'm looking forward to reading it.
dirimpa
Jun 15, 2017 dirimpa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho letto tutta la prima parte di questo romanzo con una strana sensazione di déjà vu. Poi ho capito: queste piccole infamie hanno il sapore di salsedine, sole e vita di alcune canzoni di De Andrè. Un romanzo che è in realtà una raccolta di racconti sapientemente inanellati gli uni agli altri, e che in fondo potrebbe anche essere, per l’appunto, un disco ambientato nei vicoli di Genova. Ladri, assassini, preti, figlie da maritare e vedovi inconsolabili, cavalli da corsa non più in grado di correr ...more
Alexis Charitos
Η κριτική των Νέων στο εξώφυλλο γράφει ότι "το βιβλίο έχει χρώμα χωρίς να είναι γραφικό...παραπέμπει στην πρόσφατη κοινωνική ιστορία όχι μόνο της Ελλάδας, αλλά και της Ισπανίας, της Πορτογαλίας και της κάτω Ιταλίας χωρίς να δίνει έμφαση σε εθνικά γεγονότα και σύμβολα ανοίκεια στον ξένο αναγνώστη". Το εγχείρημα είναι ενδιαφέρον και παραπέμπει στον Μάρκες (οι Νιου Γιορκ Τάιμς κάνουν ευθεία σύγκριση και οι εκδόσεις, όχι τυχαία φαντάζομαι, λέγονται Μακόντο). Δυστυχώς όμως ο Καρνέζης δεν επιβεβαιώνει ...more
Anna Catharina
May 31, 2016 Anna Catharina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman, 2016, z-giveaway
Mein erstes Giveaway-Buch :) Aber um es gleich vor weg zu nehmen, die fünf Sterne musste es sich hart erkämpfen. Als ich es in den Händen hielt, war ich fest überzeugt, dass es mir bestimmt nicht gefallen wird. Die auf der Rückseite abgedruckten Kritikzitate klangen zu "High Literature", nicht wirklich ansprechend für mich Normalo-Leser. Aber gut, ich wollte meine Vorurteile bestätigt sehen und habe es dementsprechend unmotiviert angefangen. Schon auf der zweiten Seite war ich so gefesselt, dass ...more
Chiara Tinelli
Aug 12, 2016 Chiara Tinelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tante piccole infamie è un romanzo costituito da diciannove microromanzi ambientati nello stesso villaggio greco, in cui tutti si conoscono e restano ai margini del progresso. Il personaggio che più di tutti fa da collante alle diverse storie è padre Yerasimo, il sacerdote vendicativo e accidioso che compare in apertura e in conclusione del libro; Yerasimo conosce i difetti e i vizi dei suoi compaesani, ma è il primo a peccare, ormai rassegnato al fatto di essere circondato da blasfemi e «pagani ...more
Elisa Goudriaan
Sep 02, 2015 Elisa Goudriaan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Een papegaai die een bibliotheek uit zijn hoofd leert, een café-baas die Walvis heet en nachtvlinders die de dromen van de pensionhoudster met zich meevoeren. Een boek vol wonderlijke verhalen, waarin niet alles uitgesponnen wordt, maar sommige dingen in mysteries gehuld blijven, om vervolgens in een later verhaal toch nog opgelost te worden. Maar niet altijd. De personages uit dit boek zijn de inwoners van een naamloos Grieks dorp en wie in het ene verhaal als hoofdpersoon verschijnt, komt in h ...more
Sara
Nov 07, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking back at my books read in 2013, and it turns out that I rate most things as 4 stars. Makes me feel like I should do something different here, but 4 stars is what I think about this one. A book of short stories (and two somewhat longer ones) all set in or around the same small village in a somewhat indeterminate time period, this is not an uplifting book except in the sense that black humor can be uplifting. The stories are all well-written and engaging, and each of the characters ex ...more
Ayline
In this no name Greek little village there is one priest, one lawyer, one doctor, one barber, one coffee shop, one pension, .... you get the point, it's that small. It's the kind of small village that I would like to one day experience, briefly, and the kind of people and events I would most probably expect to encounter. However, to put these observations in such comical short stories, would require a sense of humor. The highlight of this village is its hater priest who blackmails its nonbelieve ...more
Fancyjance
Sep 03, 2009 Fancyjance rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Lovely little book about the lives of the people who live in an unnamed Greek village. Infused with magic realism, Karnezis elegantly captures the nuances and minor details that make up the great stories of the villiagers lives. It gives you a peek at Greek culture, attitudes and the inevitable impacts of progress and a changing world.
Simona
Apr 16, 2014 Simona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pleasant read of a debut novel. Loved the first short story called "A Funeral of Stones". The other stories were not so intriguing as this one. What the writer lacked (that depth or that compassion for the characters), it compensated by the air of literary authenticity which still kept my interest.
Cathy
Mar 30, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
A very interesting book of short stories about a small unnamed village in Greece. A very strange cast of characters that makes me really wonder what kind of people I might meet in my upcoming trip to Greece!!
Aphrodite
Mar 25, 2008 Aphrodite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. You would never guess he started writing in English as recently as 1996. According to the New York Times review, "the intersection of gritty quotidian detail with flight of fancy recalls Gabriel García Márquez." The stories come together in the end, and I seriously enjoyed the ending.
Moureco
Jul 30, 2011 Moureco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colecção de pequenas histórias, quase sempre com as mesmas personagens e situadas quase sempre na mesma aldeia. Algumas das histórias são verdadeiramente surpreendentes. Todas versam sobre a natureza humana, no que tem de melhor e de pior. Recomendo, vivamente.
Madeleine Fix-hansen
Dark, fascinating, imaginative and magically real short stories that weave stories of the people (and creatures) who populate and pass through a small, nameless town in Greece. Each story is a vivid swirl of images, dark & quirky, magically real, right & wrong ....
Natalie Dollison
Apr 01, 2008 Natalie Dollison rated it really liked it
Sure, it's a book of short stories, which I usually have very little patience for. But all of these stories connect with each other, a lot like Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck. Quirky, sad, grotesque, and always interesting. Highly recommended.
Laura
May 06, 2014 Laura added it
Shelves: gave-up-on-it
It sort of reminded me of the Canterbury Tales in that the stories were vaguely connected in the same sort of way. It wasn't enjoyable to me although well-written.
Jake
Hilarious book!
Susan
Sep 27, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Wonderful writing (deserves more than a 3 rating) but this little village is populated by Terrible people. I had to give up on it for now. Just didn't want to spend any more time with them.
Rosa Macpherson
Jun 10, 2012 Rosa Macpherson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed it. It was humorous, sad, connected. The characters beautifully drawn and the idiocsyncratic aspects of humanity well illustrated. Gentle too.
Rachel
An original and unusual collection of intertwined, black and yet somehow comical, short stories. I may be pondering these for years and compelled to re-read them more than once.
Thomas
Jun 06, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some cool stories about greeks getting owned a lot
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Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967 and came to England in 1992. He studied engineering and worked in industry, then studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His first book, Little Infamies (2002), was a collection of connected short stories set in a nameless Greek village. His second book, The Maze (2004), a novel set in Anatolia in 1922, was shortlisted for t ...more
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