By Harry Mark Petrakis
Hero. that's the be aware. "The gods have selected you for everlasting disaster," his buddy Cicero, the gambling-house broker, tells Matsoukas, "but you're taking each act that has been ready in your punishment and switch it into a few type of triumph."
Every act yet one - the tragedy that has befallen his simply son. or even that Matsoukas is decided to opposite.
In the second one international struggle, Matsoukas fought joyously for his local Greece opposed to the flabby Italians. while the Nazis got here with their tanks and dive-bombers Matsoukas retreated to the mountains and caves of Crete and saved on combating. And he enjoyed it. After the conflict he came visiting to Chicago to beat the United States, begun the Pindar Counseling provider, and have become the satisfaction and terror of Falconis's playing parlor.
Matsoukas loves rights, associates, his little daughters, clean bread, and smelly retsina wine. He makes love like a tiger, or like considered one of his mythical gods, in order that the earth shakes. To him, each lady is gorgeous, even his ill-tempered spouse. The sexuality of all girls is to be reverenced.
Toward God, Matsoukas is much less reverent. "Man have mercy on you," he says to God, very gravely, protecting Him to account for the plight of his son Stavros, who can't converse, and will not often circulate, and is given to frightful seizures.
For Stavros, Matsoukas pits himself opposed to destiny, within the vintage Greek sin of hubris. this can be the tale of that clash - Matsoukas opposed to the gods - a unique of huge energy, large laughter, heartbreaking and triumphant.
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