Apartment in Athens by Glenway Wescott / ISBN 9781590170816 / 296-page paperback from New York Review of Books Classics
Used copy, light shelfwear only.
Like Wescott's extraordinary novella The Pilgrim Hawk (which Susan Sontag described in The New Yorker as belonging "among the treasures of 20th-century American literature"), Apartment in Athens concerns an unusual triangular relationship. In this story about a Greek couple in Nazi-occupied Athens who must share their living quarters with a German officer, Wescott stages an intense and unsettling drama of accommodation and rejection, resistance and compulsion—an account of political oppression and spiritual struggle that is also a parable about the costs of closeted identity.
Glenway Wescott (1901-1987) was the author of the novels The Grandmothers and Apartment in Athens, in addition to several collections of stories and essays. His life--as revealed in his published journals and a joint biography of him and his lover, Monroe Wheeler--has been the subject of increasing interest in recent years.