My Life in the Furnace


by Panayotis Tranoulis
edited by C. Capri-Karka
translated by Marjorie Chambers

“The author describes the harsh circumstances of his life when, as an orphaned young child, he did hard, physical labor in a brick factory in Nea Makri. Prostitutes, pimps, thugs, stray dogs, and even fatherless little children gathered around the brick factory, the ‘Furnace,’ to form a hub of activity, a refugee camp unvisited by benevolent organizations and forgotten by the authorities. In the hell the author calls the ‘Furnace’ there are children and grown ups—big, strong men and weak, little men—but there are no heroes. Once in a while a compassionate gesture or word arises only to be swallowed up by the conspiratorial mediocrity of the motley crowd, the mob, which is held together by destitution, by the specter of hunger. Mr. Tranoulis succeeds in producing a coherent record of sad recollections, a chronicle of misery that did not crush him as it did crush so many others.”

—Apostolos N. Athanassakis
Dept. of Classics, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
“Tranoulis’s work is at its most perceptive as it comments on class hierarchies. He seizes on the smallest crumb of compassion with a frenzied and uncontrollable hunger. Tranoulis writes of a Greece far harsher, more punishing and unforgiving than the country we know today.”

—Vangelis Calotychos,
Dept. of Classics, Columbia University

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