Author: Christos Chrissopoulos

Publisher: Other Press

ISBN: 978-1-59051-836-6

Christos Chrissopoulos, author of The Parthenon Bomber, has written and translated numerous books and essays. (2017, inside back cover) His work has garnered him many prestigious awards. (Balkanika Prize 2005, Prix Laure-Batallon 2014, Prix Ravachol 2013, Academy of Athens Prize 2008, Iowa Fellow 2007). Mr. Chrissopoulos is director and co-founder of the Dasein-Fest International Literary Festival in Athens, Greece.

This plot takes place in Athens, Greece and hinges upon the destruction of the Parthenon. The main character, Ch. K., states in Chapter one that the idea of dismantling the highest symbol of Greek history, the Parthenon, began as a fleeting thought and worked into a perfectly executed plan. Ch. K. continually states that he is disgruntled about this behemoth rising above the city and acting almost as a spider spinning her web over the entire city. Everyone captivated by it. Tourists coming from all over the world to see it and photograph it. Tour companies aiding and abetting this disgusting process. He is simply fed up!

In order to pull of this courageous act of terror Ch. K. spent numerous hours scouring the Parthenon. Learning how she was originally constructed, how she was thoughtfully and lovingly being brought back to her original luster, and it sickened him. Ch. K learned the weaknesses of the structure of the Parthenon and set out to hit her right there. Never ever giving her opportunity to overshadow Athens again.

In this missive Ch. K. mentions that he was not the only person in history to have believed the Parthenon needed to be razed. He harkens back to 1935. He incites Mao’s Cultural Revolution and WWII. What a tumultuous time this was for the world. What impact this had on Greece?

In the end the Parthenon is leveled much to the delight of Ch. K. The police, through a series of interviews, believe they know who is responsible. They (the police) find many clues that Ch. K either forgot to clear up beforehand or simply did not care about tidying up hoping the authorities would find him and he might experience his fifteen minutes of fame.

This was an insightful book for me because it let me, the reader, inside the musings of a man so besot with ruining the Parthenon. Ch. K. was so harangued with this incredible historical building and all that it lent to the people of Greece and the world that he had to rid his people of it. Such utter distaste for history could not go unrecognized and unrewarded in his mind. I’ve only ever previously watched news stories about perpetrators of such heinous crimes. Listening to his menacing thoughts and reading about his horrid plans made me uncomfortable and pensive and sad to see the hoped for outcome come to fruition. Therefore, I’d save to say it was well written! Read it, enjoy it, but please do not get any ideas from it. The Parthenon is far too beautiful a tribute to Grecian history to fall prey to terror, I hope anyway.