Omonia Square. An historic location. A magical place with a secret life of its own at the heart of Athens. It has been a fascinating literary center exerting a kind of poetic power over contemporary Greek writers. From the late nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century scores of novelists, poets and songwriters have frequented the haunts of Omonia and its surrounding district. Philipos Philipou takes a new look at the place. Accompanied by 123 black-and-white photographs by Stratos Kalafatis, the book explores the heart of the city of Athens, a heart that has undergone repeated alteration at the hands of architects, city planners, and municipal and political leaders.
Besides the essential historical background to the square, we are given information on its cafes, souvlaki joints, snack bars, cinemas, pharmacies, barbers, kiosks, subway station, police, night-life, and the ethnic melting-pot of its youth, its sounds, smells, colours and paradoxical delights.
Omonia 2000 is a study in decay and remembrance, on childhood and adolescence, a record and a memento in one.