Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Apartment in Athens
Glenway Wescott

£13.99

Like Wescott’s extraordinary novella The Pilgrim Hawk (which Susan Sontag described in The New Yorker as belonging among the treasures of 20th-century American literature), Apartment in Athens concerns an unusual triangular relationship. In this story about a Greek couple in Nazi-occupied Athens who must share their living quarters with a German officer, Wescott stages an intense and unsettling drama of accommodation and rejection, resistance and compulsion – an account of political oppression and spiritual struggle that is also a parable about the costs of closeted identity.

Paperback, 296pp
New York Review of Books, 2014 (1945)
ISBN 9781590170816