Review: Good Will Come From The Sea – Christos Ikonomou

Good Will Come From The Sea - Christos Ikonomou

A collection of four loosely-connected stories, Christos Ikonomou’s Good Will Come From the Sea (Archipelago Books, translated by Karen Emmerich) explores life on an un-named Greek island, following the imposition of austerity measures associated with the eurozone bailout. In a country where poverty affects almost everyone, internal divisions are bound to appear, and these fractured relationships are prominent in the book.

Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece

Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece

There’s something idyllic about the image of Santorini; cloudless skies, whitewashed walls, and deepest blue ocean as far as the eye can see. In 2002, all it was missing was a bookshop. Having run out of things to read, and unable to find more, American students-turned-entrepreneurs, Craig Walzer and Oliver Wise decided that they would return to the island paradise after graduation and open a bookstore, Atlantis Books.