"Mechanisms of Loss" by Michel Fais

Mechanisms of Loss Two Novellas Michel Fais, David Connolly, Katerina Schina, Vangelis Hatzivasileiou

The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Publication date:
09 Feb 2021
Yale University Press
160 pages: 197 x 127mm
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A duet of provocative novellas that examine contemporary Greek identity, translated by one of the foremost experts in Greek literature

From esteemed Greek writer Michel Faïs comes a pair of novellas that explore the stories we choose to tell about the lives we pretend to live. Aegypius monachus is a semi-autobiographical snapshot of a man roaming the streets of Athens, reflecting on his tumultuous marriage and the childhood roots of his failure at love. Lady Cortisol dramatizes a conversation between one man and one woman, highlighting the miscommunications and mixed signals that happen in dialogue with the other. With a foreword by acclaimed Greek translator and literary critic Katerina Schina and an afterword by journalist and critic Vangelis Hatzivasileiou, these fragmented, staccato novellas explore the ways in which we sabotage our rare chances at love, plunging into the interior of the mind and exposing the things we do not say aloud.

Michel Faïs is a literary critic and editor of the books section for the influential Greek newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton. David Connolly is a retired professor of translation studies whose translations have won awards in Greece, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Both Faïs and Connolly live in Greece.