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By Harry Mark Petrakis

Leonidas Matsoukas, operator of the Pindar Counseling carrier (solutions supplied for all difficulties of lifestyles and love); proponent of wildly artistic get-rich-quick schemes; passionately loving husband and father, both passionate lover of the attractive bakeshop owner Anthoula; inveterate, gambler, amazing fighter . . . Leonidas Matsoukas, heels run down, cuffs shabby, collar frayed, is the hero of this amazing new novel.

Hero. that's the note. "The gods have selected you for everlasting disaster," his good friend 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 form of triumph."

Every act yet one - the tragedy that has befallen his in basic terms son. or even that Matsoukas is decided to opposite.

In the second one international warfare, Matsoukas fought joyously for his local Greece opposed to the flabby Italians. whilst the Nazis got here with their tanks and dive-bombers Matsoukas retreated to the mountains and caves of Crete and stored on scuffling with. And he enjoyed it. After the warfare he came around to Chicago to overcome the US, all started the Pindar Counseling provider, and have become the delight and terror of Falconis's playing parlor.

Matsoukas loves rights, acquaintances, his little daughters, clean bread, and smelly retsina wine. He makes love like a tiger, or like one in every of his mythical gods, in order that the earth shakes. To him, each girl is gorgeous, even his ill-tempered spouse. The sexuality of all ladies is to be reverenced.

Toward God, Matsoukas is much less reverent. "Man have mercy on you," he says to God, very gravely, maintaining Him to account for the plight of his son Stavros, who can't converse, and will infrequently flow, 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 large strength, large laughter, heartbreaking and triumphant.

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