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The real face of Athens,
This review is from: Zone Defence (Paperback)For most people, Athens is ancient Greece, coffee shops, museums, tavernas, and the gateway to the islands. But the real city for its inhabitants, is very different. In his Haritos series, Petros Markaris provides the most truthful picture of what it means to live there in the 2000s: the true image of the city is one of black market, corruption across the fabric of society, loneliness and isolation, poverty, racism, an impoverished media-driven culture, and severe pollution. Much of this is the heritage of the past century and the result of mistake after mistake by Greeks -- leaders and followers alike. Markaris' books have no match in reconstructing this reality.
This is by far the best of the four books in the series and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to know what is the real Greece today. I would also recommend it to anyone who loves good crime novels too. As I have read this in Greek, I cannot comment on the success of the translation.