Raving reviews for Aris Fioretos new novel
"The Last Greek contains tremendously much more than I have managed to convey here, permeated as it is by big and small events, engaging secondary characters and an abundance of significant details. Based on an untrue story or not, this novel is undoubtedly true, as marvellously true as only life itself and a beautifully wrought fantasy can be."
Eva Johansson, Dagens Nyheter
"Something very like a magnetic force emanates from Aris Fioretos’ new novel, The Last Greek. It is unflinchingly original and bubblingly inventive. It is written with a tenderness and a restrained affection capable of bringing tears to the coldest eye . . . It is a very un-Swedish novel and yet it turns as Swedish as – well, as what? As a Greek Dala horse. Aris Fioretos, who appears increasingly, and relievingly, singular as an author, writes in a broad and vigorous European tradition which he irreverently transforms into his own, original voice without detracting from the esteem in which he holds it. Unlikely as it sounds, The Last Greek is like a meeting between Vilhelm Moberg and Jorge Luis Borges . . . The writing is superb in its stylistic brilliance, its somewhat dry but deadpan humour, its humanity and its perspicacious insights. The Last Greek is at once sorrowful and hopeful, but above all it is poignant – yes, heart-rending – in its tender melancholy."
Crister Enander, Helsingborgs Dagblad
"Fioretos’ writing is among the most beautiful you can read in Swedish: often so musical and beautiful that the reader can only feel the greatest gratitude towards this astonishing, colossal work, as difficult to do justice in a short review as it is to resist reading for pleasure. A bright smile lingers on my lips as I close this weighty volume, written with such a lightness of touch that the text somehow feels weightless, as if the words had only been borrowed briefly to dance across its pages. This novel is as intelligent as it is beautiful: astonishingly elegant, and it is with an elegiac feeling that the reader must let the reading end."
"The Last Greek is a book about Greek melancholy, sadness of loss, love in many senses, memory, time and the troublesome identity concept that raises its head the moment we try to define what a human being is. It is also a story of the recent twentieth century and the many lives touched and scarred by its abominable wars: all the victims of war, the displaced, killed or exterminated. And all the refugees who were forced to rethink the meanings of terms like home and native soil. Perhaps more than anything, the book is about the circumstances of emigration, with its dreams of a better future and its loss of family and relations, community, all the habitual and familiar things that once lent a basic sense of security to existence . . . The Last Greek [has] become a richly complex, deeply moving and sumptuous love story. Not to mention the wealth of humour, of a specifically Greek stripe . . . To the extent that this has not previously been made clear: we have here a new and important writer knocking on the door to the Swedish Helicon and demanding access. Swedish literature is to be congratulated on the breakthrough of Aris Fioretos with The Last Greek, which is as close to being a masterpiece as it gets."
Bo-Ingvar Kollberg, Upsala Nya Tidning