Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Apartment in Athens
Glenway Wescott


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