What does a "Glorious Day" mean in chinese? Where does Mesopotamia belong? And how can an old wound be healed? Can a fustanella get you down? Or two hedgehogs in the throes of pas¬sion? The heroes in Amanda Michalopoulou's new book know that appearances can be deceptive. Children who steal, adults who separate or mourn, senior citizens who commit acts of terrorism— they're all suffering a great loss, they all feel that something's missing. And we observe them as they—sometimes seemingly unaffected, some¬times devastated—learn to live again. In the background, the Greece of today: a lost property office full of lost people, missed opportunities and miss¬ing things. Real life isn't an accumulation; it's the collecting of everything we've lost.