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The Yellow Dog
 Michel Fais

80pp.
Patakis, 2009
ISBN: 978-960-16-3299-5

Based on a real event that for a while dominated the headlines of Greek newspapers and sparked furious discussion, The Yellow Dog exposes a xenophobic and disturbingly callous society. It is a monologue by a migrant woman who has been subjected to appalling humiliations in Greece. The concise, sinewy text speaks of the fate of the poor and the outcast in a country that for many years saw its own people emigrating to Europe, the United States and Australia. Ever since his first novel, Michel Fais has focused on the question of otherness, which he explores in this book with rare austerity and maturity. Without resorting to melodrama or stereotypes, he demonstrates the full extent of the migration issue, which has developed into a major problem for the world today. The dramatic nature of the setting and text endow both the action and the characters with exceptional liveliness and immediacy.


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